Red Dead Redemption 2: New Information From Rockstar
Rockstar Games’ beloved western action-adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 is soon approaching, with its release date set on October 26 of this year. Information is slowly leaking out about how the game will actually play.
Red Dead Redemption featured John Marston, an ex-outlaw caught by the law representatives and tasked with finding his former partners in crime. Set in a gorgeous rendition of an American and Mexican far west, the adventure was packed with Rockstar’s famous satirical tone and over-the-top characters. RDR 2 is set 12 years prior to the events of the first game. This time, the player will fill the cowboy boots of Arthur Morgan, a member of the notorious Dutch Van der Linde’s gang. The merry bunch will be on the run from the law after a robbery gone wrong, with a young John Marston in their midst.
For now, we have been given 3 official trailers, all cinematic and none gameplay. The graphics are astounding and the story seems dark and thrilling, as we will assume the lives of outlaws on the run.
Rockstar also released a series of screenshots, which no doubt contributed to the hype. They feature horseback riding, heists and hunting, which has us hoping that the open-world will be expansive and brimming with side quests and activities to undertake.
In a recent interview with JeuxActu, Rockstar’s co-president Rob Nelson spoke about the camp mechanic, side questing, NPC interactions and player choice. In this game, the notion of camp will be important as Arthur will stick to his gang. Nelson expanded on this mechanic and about how the player will be able to improve it for rewards. One recurring worry in open-world games is side quests. Nelson insisted that they should feel organic and not become tedious fetch quests, saying that “Everything must appear natural, without any transition or lag, to reinforce the sense of immersion and connection between each mission.” There also seems to be a big emphasis on stealing and environment interactions. Nelson explained how it is possible to break into a house and steal all valuables.
The newest information this month is Rockstar confirming multiple special editions in a caption saying, “Stay tuned for more Red Dead Redemption 2 info next month including first details about the game’s special editions and more.” So far we can expect a GOTY edition and perhaps a special edition with a DLC or some additional items.
We are very curious to see how ambitious and detailed this next game will be, after seeing what Rockstar did with GTA V. In the meantime, we’ll try to hold our horses.
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out on October 26 and will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC release has yet been mentioned.