Rockstar Games has released their third trailer for the upcoming open world game set in the wild, wild west. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 hit title Red Dead Redemption which released in May of 2010 after stealing the show at the E3 event of that respective year. It had one of the largest wrap-around lines I’ve ever seen for a behind-closed-doors showing of a game for which not much was known at the time.
In RDR 2 players will find themselves learning a lot more about the time period before the events of Red Dead Redemption. As the trailer opens we see that the gang of outlaws which RDR’s main protagonist used to run with is on the run in a time when outlaws were becoming a thing of the past. The clip tells viewers that the game is at least partially set in 1899 when ‘the west had nearly been tamed’ and ‘the age of gunslingers and outlaws had almost passed into myth’.
The new game’s story is the main focus of the newly revealed trailer and information. RDR 2 will center around Dutch’s gang on the run trying to get away from authorities, bounty hunters, and rival gangs.
Robbing a train in the early scenes of the trailer are the stars of this game, John Marston, Javier Esquela, Dutch Van Der Linde, Arthur Morgan, Bill Williamson, and two characters currently just known as “Blondie” and “Native”.
More characters seen later might reveal the ability to switch playable characters similar to the character control mechanics of Grand Theft Auto V, although it’s unclear at this time if Red Dead Redemption 2 will commit to the same system. In the trailer one character states ‘we’re more ghosts than we are people’ foreshadowing the fact that they are relics of a bygone era; the legacy of outlaws.
Uncle from RDR is seen in the trailer telling stories around a campfire. This new game could be showing his sharp self from a past well forgotten by the events of RDR similar to how many roles in this title may provide extra back-story on previously seen outlaws and NPC characters. A new town is shown with live entertainment in the form of fire-breather is shown, similar to the film watching activities in RDR. A doctor is also seen helping a patient.
Dutch’s gang is shown on the run again, trying to keep away from anyone who would reduce their freedom. Arthur Morgan is seen robbing a bank for the second time, then a scene which possibly questions his loyalty is shown in which another character tells him they are all ‘sons of dutch, that makes us brothers. Sometimes brothers make mistakes’ foreshadowing an unknown event in RDR 2.
Stealing a stagecoach is shown and a female character telling off one of the outlaws, telling him that he won’t change. It is unclear who that person is. Edgar Ross is seen in his younger days as well and is working with some folks who are likely the Pinkerton agency who are thought to be playing a major role in RDR 2 as they hunt down outlaws well before the FBI was formed in the United States.
John Marston is shown with Arthur Morgan and the other sons of dutch for the first time since RDR 2 has been promoted. Hand to hand fighting looks to be an increased focus in the game with a much better gameplay mechanics system and better polished combo system likely. The town of Blackwater has been revamped (the main town of RDR) and the main antagonist is shown with a villain-like attitude as he strategically leads a group hunting the outlaws. He is likely a senior member of Pinkerton.
Rival gangs and the authorities are just some of the enemies for players this time around with the expected return of wildlife and hunting to the game. Dueling in RDR 2 looks to be ramped up a bit, and could also become more high stakes. Red Dead Redemption 2 could see Arthur Morgan as a character who helps John Marston to see the way of the outlaw life is not the way to be anymore, and instead slowly leaning towards a new path.
October 26, 2018 is the official release date of RDR 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While the original title released for PS3 and Xbox 360, it never came to PC. It’s likely that this had something to do with the high amount of piracy on PC as well as the immaturity of the game engine used at the time. If you’re looking to play the game you’ll probably need a console as there hasn’t been any mention of a PC release for RDR nor RDR 2.
More information is said to be coming tomorrow in terms of new gameplay systems as some outlets have had early access to the title granted by Rockstar Games.