Red Dead Redemption is a hugely popular game boasting over 13 million players, all of whom are still hoping for a Red Dead 2 - and after years of waiting, a sequel (or is that prequel?) is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. Here's everything we know about Red Dead 2 including the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, map and possible PC version, alongside the latest trailers.
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Rockstar has shared three Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers so far, along with some new screenshots, giving us a brief look at what to expect from the game. It introduces some of the main characters, as well as showcasing amazing graphics and possibly the introduction of the steam train. You can watch the latest trailer above (featuring a young John Marston with fresh stitches on his face), and original trailers right here.
What you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2
• Release date: 26 October 2018
• Publisher: Rockstar Games
• Genre: Action-adventure
• Developers: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
• Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, possibly PC
When is the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date?
Red Dead Redemption 2 release date: 26 October 2018
Back in 2016, Rockstar Games took to social media to confirm that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be released in 'Fall 2017'.
However, Rockstar then announced that the game's upcoming release has been pushed back from Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018. Rockstar explained that, since Red Dead Redemption 2 is the first game built solely for the current generation of consoles, "some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience."
Then, in February 2018, Rockstar once again announced that the release date had been pushed back, but this time provided a solid release date: 26 October 2018. An official Rockstar statement claims that the developers "require a little extra time for polish" and that the wait will be worth it. The team released a handful of new screenshots to apologise, which can be seen below.
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.
The message to Rockstar Games reads "The PC gaming community requests you to consider releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC platform. We have always supported you and loved your marvellous [sic] games over the years. Please do not deprive us of enjoying your beautiful games, as you did with Red Dead Redemption (2010). This will be an injustice to your fans if you do not bring Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC this time."
Following this, a Denuvo leak has led to rife speculation that the game will be coming to PC, despite no mention of the platform during the announcement.
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.
Will Red Dead Redemption 2 feature cross-play?
Per a DVS report, Rockstar is allegedly working on cross-platform multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One.
That would be a huge deal, but we're taking it with a large pinch of salt. There's never been a cross-platform game across PS4 and Xbox One and Sony doesn't seem particularly keen on making it happen anytime soon.
Here's a couple of quotes from Jim Ryan, PlayStation head of marketing, speaking to Eurogamer about the potential of cross-platform multiplayer with Minecraft.
"It's certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We've done it in the past. We're always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately, it's a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I'm not going to get into the detail of that in this particular instance."
"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it's something we have to think about very carefully."
What can we expect from Red Dead 2 gameplay?
Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has commented on the success of the first Red Dead 2 trailer, saying the firm didn't expect it to get so many views adding that the game will offer "incredible emotional depth" with "great story elements and great gameplay elements."
"The conventional wisdom was of course that a western wouldn't work," Zelnick said about the first game to Gamespot. "We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again--and that's not meant to be cute."
So, what should we expect? 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. In terms of Red Dead Redemption 2 leaks, it's the motherlode.
But before we get into the nitty-gritty, how do we know it's legit? Per Trusted, two characters that were featured in the leaked documents (including protagonist Arthur Morgan) were featured in Rockstar's promotional materials released in January 2018. The documents were allegedly first obtained back in August 2017, but Trusted waited to confirm legitimacy before publishing.
Carry on reading to find out all we know about Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay.
Gameplay mechanics and new features
The introduction of a sequel will often come with a variety of new game mechanics that enhance the gameplay in ways unthought of previously, and Red Dead Redemption 2 is no exception to the rule. Trusted's leaked notes confirm several new mechanics in the game.
Throughout the open world, you'll 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.
And, like with most other Rockstar games, there's a wanted system at play. It's displayed at the top of the display, and increases or decreases depending on how you act. Killing pedestrians is fairly low-severity, while robbing a salon and killing everyone inside will make the sheriff take note.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online
What about Red Dead Redemption 2 Online? According to the leaked notes obtained by Trusted Reviews, players will be able to explore the open-world of RDR2 with other players much like with GTA Online. However, Rockstar has gone into much more detail this time around to make it feel more vibrant and alive, adding details like NPCs decorating storefronts with stock in the morning, and packing it all away in the evening.
There will also be a reward system at play, which will frequently reward players for completing tasks. The tasks are said to vary greatly, from travelling a certain distance to murdering another player or NPC using a bow from 100 metres away. You get the gist!
GTA Online's apartments will return in the form of tents - not so glamorous, but like their modern counterparts, they can be owned and upgraded by players and come in a variety of themes. There will also be a number of shops and NPCs accessible online that provide both equipment and missions, and if that's not enough, Free Events (spontaneous events) like treasure hunts and deathmatches can also be organised.
But what about game modes? The online multiplayer is said to feature 'Battle Royale', 'Revive and Survive' and 'Money Grab' game modes. While there isn't much detail about what Battle Royale will offer, it's not hard to imagine what Rockstar has planned with the current success of games like PUBG and Fortnite.
Revive and Survive will pit two teams against each other with the objective of staying alive. The catch? You can revive teammates once they've been killed, but only for a limited time.
Finally, Money Grab features two opposing teams fighting to obtain bags of cash in a central location with the aim of collecting and returning as much money to your base as possible. It sounds a little like Blood Money in Battlefield: Hardline's online multiplayer, but we'll have to wait and see.
While there isn't much to go on officially at the moment, a notorious Rockstar tipster may have just given us our first hint at what to expect from Red Dead Redemption 2. The tipster, who successfully predicted two GTA Online updates, now claims that the upcoming Rockstar title will have not one but three playable main characters, in a similar style to Grand Theft Auto 5.
The news comes via a screenshot of an unknown Reddit thread, where the tipster claims that there will be "three playable characters of John's former gang, and John isn't one". He doesn't stop there either, as he continues to note that "the online mode will release later on, just like with GTA 5".
It would make sense, as many value multiplayer games/modes more than single-player campaigns, and would likely cause servers to crash on launch day. The success of GTA Online signifies a turning point in the GTA series and showcased a way to keep players interested for not only months, but years.
Red Dead Redemption 2 map
For years, all hopes of Red Dead Redemption 2 being developed was based on obscure quotes during interviews, however, that all changed in April 2016. Why? An image of what is claimed to be a map of Red Dead Redemption 2’s game world appeared online.
The image was originally posted on NeoGaf, but the original poster quickly removed it – but not before it was saved and reposted everywhere online.
The image (click to enlarge) depicts a large area featuring the Gear Plains, home to Blackwater, where the first Red Dead game was situated. This suggests, to us at least, that the map will be much larger than the (already) huge maps of previous Red Dead games. It’s also worth pointing out the islands dotted around the outskirts of the mainland, indicating that the player will either be able to swim or take a boat to new locations.
TechRadar claims that "a source close to the development of the new Red Dead game has confirmed to us that the map is indeed the real deal.” According to the site, the image is a “very recent art direction map” showcasing the different environments in the game.
We've embedded the game's third official trailer right at the top of the page, but here you'll find other footage from the game - which so far only consists of the first and second cinematic trailer, as we all wait for the first real gameplay footage to arrive.
Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots