After a few months of wild speculations about the possible launch date, we finally got some solid info about the upcoming Red Dead Redemption sequel. The first Red Dead was a 2010 game that became one of the all-time highlights of that console generation. Yup, that’s right, consoles: Rockstar decided not to grace the PC with their incredible Wild West open-world drama, filled with betrayals, standoffs, and fancy hats. But master race gamers can rejoice because RDR2 is announced for the PC too, which probably means the first game will come eventually.
The story takes place in 1899, twelve years before the events of the first game. America is in the transition period from the Wild West to the modern age. The protagonist of this game is Arthur Morgan, a member of Dutch Van der Linde’s gang, who attempts to find his place in the new world. After a failed heist, he’s forced to flee across the country from the overreaching hand of the law. Players know from the first game that the gang broke up after a failed robbery in 1906, so this game will probably follow the aftermath of that event. The trailer features a lot of tech from the turn of the century, like horses, carts, and old steam trains, so it would seem to be the case.
Concerning the previous lead, John Marston, it’s all but confirmed that he will appear in the Red Dead Redemption 2. In the latest trailer, you could see a guy with a striking resemblance to Marston, with the same set of scars, this time fresh ones. Maybe we’ll finally find out how our beloved cowboy got his facial marks. Rockstar haven’t actually said that John Marston is in Red Dead Redemption 2, but in the latest trailer, there’s no mistaking that guy was certainly him. And it looks like John isn’t the only Marston making a comeback in the new game. In the trailer, we could see a young lady that could easily be Abigail Marston. Of course, Rockstar kept their mouth sealed on this matter too.
Although Rockstar was silent about RDR2 during all that E3 fuss, we have a confirmed Red Dead Redemption 2 definitive release date of October 26, 2018. Initially, the game was set to launch in Fall 2017, but since then it was delayed twice, first to Spring 2018, then to October 26th. The developer stated the upcoming sandbox sequel “needs some extra time” to get it up to the standards we all expect from the first game from Rockstar since GTA 5. The studio tried very hard to explain there are no issues in production, and that they wish to deliver a polished game, given they’re building it from the ground up for the new generation of consoles.
According to the leaks from TrustedReviews, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be rich in gameplay features and modes. You’ll be able to herd cattle, fish, play poker, mine gold and do a variety of shooting challenges. Rumor has it you’ll constantly receive rewards for your accomplishments, for example, traveling a certain distance. The world will seem much more alive, you’ll see daily activities cease when night falls, and you will be able to interact with the world and NPCs in a more deliberate way. Plants and herbs can be collected, you’ll be able to upgrade your tents and drive vehicles like handcarts, minecarts, carriages. There are hints that you’ll even be able to ride a train. All of this looks very plausible but considering it’s unconfirmed, we’d take the previous paragraph with a grain of salt.
There’s not much info about Red Dead 2 multiplayer modes. The official site promises a “brand new online multiplayer experience”, but, according to the aforementioned Trusted Reviews leak, we could hope for Battle Royale, Revive and Survive, and Money Grab mode. Revive and Survive sounds like team deathmatch, but you have a limited number of revivals at your disposal. Money Grab looks similar to Battlefield Hardline’s Blood Money mode. It’s reasonable to believe that Red Dead 2’s multiplayer will look up to GTA Online, which earned Rockstar studio over half a billion dollars in just over three years. GTA Online has been so stratospherically successful that it seems unthinkable Rockstar wouldn’t want something similar for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Speaking about similarities with GTA V, Red Dead Redemption might borrow another feature from the legendary sandbox. With so many strong characters appearing in the latest trailer, it wouldn’t be that much of a shock to see Red Dead 2 follow GTA 5 with more criminal-swapping missions. Swapping multiple characters worked brilliantly in Los Santos, and it’s mind-boggling to imagine players controlling and switching between various outlaws in Red Dead 2. The only question is will Rockstar dare to let us control all seven bandits? Swapping between more than five people would be a developing nightmare, but Rockstar is famous for doing the unthinkable.
This game is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the recent history, and gamers around the world are impatiently waiting for October to finally play the prequel to the legendary Wild West game. We honestly believe Rockstar will deliver another sandbox masterpiece that will serve as an example of supreme game making.