Here's everything you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2 including the latest gameplay details, map and possible PC support alongside the latest trailers. If you're looking for info on the online component, take a look at the latest Red Dead Online news.
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• Release date: 26 October 2018
• Publisher: Rockstar Games
• Genre: Action-adventure
• Developers: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
• Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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Red Dead Redemption 2: Release date
While Rockstar initially aimed for an Autumn 2017 release, Red Dead Redemption 2 suffered a handful of pushbacks. Thankfully, the game is now available following a 26 October 2018 release on PS4 and Xbox One, with no word on PC support.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Latest trailers
Alongside the cinematic trailer found at the top of this article, there's a meaty gameplay clip to sink your teeth into.
The gameplay video offers a deep-dive into the open world, giving us a taste at what'll be available at launch. It's several minutes long and includes a lot of gameplay captured on a PS4 Pro, and it looks absolutely incredible.
More recent is this part 2 gameplay trailer that focuses on the 'nefarious activities' you can get involved in while playing as Arthur Morgan. This includes "robbing trains, encountering rival gangs and outlaws, evading cunning lawmen and lots more in a world that is deep, teeming with life and very menacing."
You'll also get a look at the new and expanded Dead Eye system.
And finally, just over a week before launch, Rockstar released a short story trailer showcasing some of the epic moments you'll encounter during the 60-hour-long campaign.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Gameplay
Following years of speculation, Rockstar Games has finally released gameplay trailers introducing us to various aspects of the game.
As seen in the above trailer, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in a sprawling American landscape and features everything from mountainous regions, to swamps, deserts and forests, with no loading screens to get in your way.
You play as Arthur Morgan, the leader of the Van der Linde gang, on the run from Lawmen across America. A big part of the game is your camp; as you move from location to location, you'll take on camp-related activities and missions. These range from upkeep (the camp and gang need regular provisions, be it food or cash) to character-specific missions.
You'll also be able to interact with the residents of the open world in previously-unseen ways. The interactions will change depending on the situation and how you choose to approach; do you charm your way out of the situation, or act aggressive and try to intimidate those around you? You'll build a reputation based on your actions that'll change the way that NPCs interact with you - for better, or for worse.
As well as interacting with human NPCs, your horse plays a big part in the game and, thus, needs to be looked after. You'll be able to build a bond with your horse by grooming them, feeding them and if they're stressed, calming them. Horses will have different characteristics and will be suited to different tasks, be it traversing mountainous terrain or pulling along carts.
Along with the official gameplay reveal, development notes of the upcoming game were obtained by Trusted Reviews, revealing not only details about game modes but storyline leaks, character details and much more.
Throughout the open world, you'll allegedly come across locations like Armadillo and Ridgewood, towns populated with NPCs like general store owners, gunsmiths and undertakers. You'll be able to interact with the NPCs to get access to weapons and missions, and you can even gamble if you're feeling lucky, punk.
Slums Markets will also be key to accessing new equipment at a reduced price, although the availability of these dodgy merchants will rely on the time of day amongst other factors.
Vehicles in Red Dead Redemption 2 are said to include minecarts, handcarts and horse-drawn carriages alongside your trusted steed, and will come in a variety of different forms. The leaked documents also suggest that railway trains could be available as a mode of transport across the open world, all filled with unique inhabitants and dialogue.
GTA V didn't launch with first-person support, but it came later on. Thankfully, Rockstar has learnt from this mistake and will include first-person support from day one with Red Dead Redemption 2. It's noted that like GTA V, the game will feature bespoke animations to fit the style.
Interestingly, the development notes also detail a system that could change the outcome of campaign missions. It's claimed that specific player actions can lead to events unfolding differently depending on choices like the characters you chose to interact with, leading to different objectives and dialogue or even an entirely different outcome.
Red Dead Redemption 2: PC support
So far Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One consoles but there are plenty of gamers out there pleading for it to come to PC.
Although the original Red Dead Redemption wasn't available on PC, an online petition is calling for the sequel to be launched on Windows. It has just over 66,000 signatures at the time of writing, just 9000 short of the target.
Following this, a Denuvo leak led to rife speculation that the game will be coming to PC, despite no official mention of the platform thus far.
Why? Denuvo, a company that handles anti-tamper technology for PC games, was hacked and amongst the leaked documents was a list of developers that had planned (or are currently planning) to use the company as DRM protection.
Of course, amongst this list was Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar. While many suggest this was for GTA 5, Rockstar ended up opting for Steam's own DRM protection technology. So, is the listing from before Rockstar decided to opt for Steam's DRM protection, or could it be for the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2?
Based on PC sales of GTA 5, we'd suggest that the company is making a PC variant, but until Rockstar officially announces support, nobody can say for sure.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Screenshots