Finally! Rockstar dropped a new official gameplay video for Red Dead Redemption 2 on us, and it’s awesome!
I know, I know, it’s not releasing on PC right away… But, I don’t care! The first Red Dead was easily one of my top 10 favorite games of all time, so it’s safe to say I’ve been insanely hyped for RDR2 for a long time.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is effectively a prequel to the events of the first. In RDR2, you’ll be taking control of Arthur Morgan, a senior member in a band of outlaws known as the Van der Linde Gang. If you remember the first Red Dead, you might recall hearing this gang referenced as “Dutch’s Gang” – the gang that John Marston (the main character in RDR 1) was a part of. That’s to say, John is undeniably going to be a big part of the Red Dead 2 storyline.
He even made a couple of short appearances in the trailer.
It sounds like there will be a base building/maintenance mechanic that Arthur will have to help out with. You’ll have to keep your band of brigands stocked with food and supplies to keep them happy. NPC interactions seem to have been improved upon 10x from previous open-world Rockstar games (GTA:V). You can actually interact with people in ways that can either be positive or negative, even talking yourself out of (or into) problematic situations.
Gunplay and fist-fighting (two staples of the Wild West) have seen massive improvements and I believe the Euphoria engine will be handling ragdoll physics. Another staple of the Wild West, horses, have also been massively upgraded. The way you interact with your horse will dictate how well it listens to you and if it’ll get spooked during gunfights or not.
The world looks richly detailed and the graphics look incredible for such a seemingly huge game. No one knows exactly how big the map will be just yet, but in the trailer, we saw everything from the snow-covered peaks of mountains, open plains, thick forests and even swamplands. So, you can imagine that the map is going to be quite diverse, at the very least.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be releasing for Xbox One and PS4 on October 26th, 2018.
If I had to guess, it’ll likely hit PC within 6-months to a year after the console launch. Maybe it’ll bring a first-person mode with it similar to GTA:V? RDR 2 would be amazing with a FPV option, just my opinion.