Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2: Everything we know
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be one of, biggest, game of 2018. In this complete Red Dead Redemption 2 everything we know guide, we’ll be detailing all the information we can piece together surrounding the upcoming western by Rockstar Games so far, including the eventual Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, a potential Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port, as well as additional details, like the recently revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses, the complete list of Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions, as well as whether or not the iconic John Marston will be returning
Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is an upcoming Western-themed action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018. The game is a prequel to the 2010 title Red Dead Redemption and will be the third entry in the Red Dead series. It follows the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch van der Linde gang
Red Dead Redemption 2: The Basics
Release date: October 26, 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Rockstar Studios
Publisher: Rockstar Games
What’s the story?
Red Dead Redemption 2’s official synopsis from Rockstar Games, as of May 2018, is:
The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.
After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailers
Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Trailer #1
In late 2017, the game’s reveal trailer released by Rockstar during Red Dead Redemption 2’s three-day tease last year showed the game’s first details:
Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Trailer #2
Previously, a teaser for September 28th revealed a new story trailer for the game, showing off new locations and characters, and confirming it will be focused on Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. Give it a watch:
Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Trailer #3
We dud let’s start with the most recent. An early May, 2018 trailer is the latest – but it still doesn’t include any actual gameplay just yet, or that lovely voiceover style trailer that we got for GTA V (and are all looking forward to for Red Dead 2).
Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions and PC version
Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions
We also now have news of what you can get in the various Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions and pre-order bonuses, too.
What kind of game can we expect?
Broadly speaking, based on recent gameplay previews, it seems a lot like Red Dead Redemption, but a lot larger. Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a sprawling open-world territory with random missions, side quests and diversions surfacing throughout it, though previewers say they’re offered more organically. There’s the same large population to intimidate and rob, or run from if they fight back. Sustaining the gang as it’s hidden out in the wilderness sounds like an ongoing concern.
There’s an honor system similar to its predecessor, in which acts both good and bad will have an effect on the player’s reputation, triggering a law enforcement pursuit, affecting the size of a bounty (or whether one is placed on him) for crimes committed, and how NPCs react and interact when Morgan appears in town.
What about multiplayer?
Rockstar Games has said we’ll be hearing more about that later, but one can expect there will be some kind of Red Dead Redemption Online suite as robust as Grand Theft Auto Online. The first Redemption premiered three years before Grand Theft Auto 5 and its groundbreaking, MMO-like multiplayer mode, rightly an ever-changing game unto itself. “Recurrent consumer spending” in GTA Online and NBA 2K’s MyCareer have also contributed tremendously to Take-Two Interactive’s growing revenue stream, making it a certainty that something as desired as Red Dead Redemption 2 will be used for the same purposes.
How big is the map?
We don’t know yet, but not for a lack of trying. The synopsis Rockstar Games gave for the trailer on Wednesday referred to Blackwater — which was at the eastern end of the original game’s map — as a “western town.” This area is in the southwest corner of a leaked map that purportedly showed Red Dead Redemption 2’s world. So that suggests this prequel is going to push into the northeast away from the previous game’s setting. The terrain will still be as varied, with mountains, prairies and now a bayou setting.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Characters
1. John Marston
This looks quite a bit like John Marston, semi-reformed outlaw, and hero of Red Dead Redemption. He’s got a similar hat, nose, and facial hair, and he’s turned so you can only see the unscarred side of his face. But, spoiler alert, John dies near the end of his game. If this is John Marston, Red Dead Redemption 2 either takes place before his death (likely during his original outlaw days) or it’s a parallel story that doesn’t adhere to the events of the original. Sort of like how Clint Eastwood was pretty much the same character in A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, but the films weren’t narratively connected.
2. Jack Swift
The bowler hat, coat, and facial hair of this particular gentleman match up pretty closely with Jack Swift. He appeared in Red Dead Revolver as one of protagonist Red Harlow’s allies and also was playable in Red Dead Redemption’s non-canonical online mode (if you got his DLC pack). Could Red Dead Redemption 2 star an ensemble cast of previous Red Dead characters?
3. Dutch van der Linde
The third one from the left isn’t much easier to single out. He’s the best armed of the bunch, with a pair of revolvers at his hips and a rifle slung over his shoulder, and he has a killer mustache. For those reasons I tentatively pronounce him Dutch van der Linde, the leader of John Marston’s old gang of scoundrels. He and John still have plenty of unfinished business to take care of.
4. Red Harlow
The man standing tall in the middle looks like another new character. He actually has a similar square-jawed look as Red Harlow, the protagonist of Red Dead Revolver, but he lacks the diagonal scars on his cheeks. Whoever he is, his relative dearth of wrinkles make him look like the youngest of the bunch.
5. Bill Williamson
Here’s the real home run. From the hat with the folded up brim to the beady eyes to the big, bushy beard, this guy is a dead ringer for Bill Williamson. He was John Marston’s former partner-in-crime and your first target in Red Dead Redemption. There’s likely some significance to the fact that he’s the only one whose eye you can see, pointed right at the young’un. Bill’s a craven backstabber so I wouldn’t trust him in this new story, either.
6. Landon Ricketts
And here’s another strong link, as spotted by NeoGAF user xHunter. The second fellow from the right looks an awful lot like Landon Ricketts, the legendary gunslinger John Marston meets while pursuing his old gang in Mexico. This makes a straight-up prequel focusing on Dutch’s gang seem even less likely… unless both Landon and John just happened to forget about working with each other before.
7. Shadow Wolf
I can’t quite tell if it’s just shading or if the man on the right has a close-cropped mohawk. But the fact that he’s the only one not wearing a hat, and what little we can see of his face, are enough for me to give the tentative nod to Shadow Wolf. Another Red Dead Revolver character, Shadow Wolf was Red’s cousin and most trusted companion. Though the depiction here does indicate he’s hung up his signature tomahawk for a revolver and sawed-off shotgun.
When will we find out more?
Likely around E3 2018 in June, though perhaps not at E3 itself. Maybe Rockstar goes on stage with Sony, but a booth at E3 has never been Rockstar’s style. The studio still has a lot more to share about the online portion of the game; that may be the next round of preview coverage, with future trailers dripping out more details and context about the story and characters.