It’s been eight years since Rockstar released Red Dead Redemption an open-world story-based shooter in The Wild West for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Most players consider it a modern masterpiece, and some even included) even announce it as one of the best games ever made.
Therefore, people are so excited about Red Dead Redemption 2, the long-awaited follow-up that will finally come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players later this year. First announced in October 2016, the sequel actually appears to be a prequel set before the events of the first game, and with the annual E3 video game industry coming up in a few weeks, we’re likely to know more about it pretty soon.
For now, it’s a quick overview of what we know to help you catch you.
What is Red Dead Redemption all about?
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1; the same studio behind market concessions like Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne – the original Red Dead Redemption was a worldwide western set of years 1911 that throw you like John Marston, a complicated and conflicting former force that was forced to chasing his old crew after the government took his wife and son hostage.
The game was developed with the same engine as Grand Theft Auto 4, and it borrowed the same basic history-driven mission structure of that franchise. As you walk through the gorgeous open world you will encounter a wide set of memorable characters, many of which attract you on tasks and missions that help move the site forward. Along the way you are free to explore, hunt wildlife, shop with locals, visit the lounge for a quick game of Liar’s Dice and countless other open-world opportunities.
The game was remarkable for the vast landscapes and breathtaking views of the map, bringing you through a surprisingly varied mix of western influences – from dusty ghost towns and Mexican mesas to peaceful prairies and snowy mountain trails populated with lumbering grizzlies. This author has many fond memories of evenings spending the exploration of the terrain in a credible city, and often chases a dazzling sunset over the horizon on the way to the next story mission. It was Westworld sense of dystopian existentialism (more shotgun, fewer shoguns).
Also remarkable: the game’s newly funded shooting mechanics, which was an important step forward from what Rockstar fans used to be used to in the Grand Theft Auto franchise at that point. Gamers are still enjoying the Red Dead approach to gunslinging today, as Rockstar incorporated much of it into future hits like Grand Theft Auto 5 .
Red Dead Redemption 2 debut trailer
Where does Red Dead 2 come up? Is Marston back?
From this point of view, the Red Dead Redemption sequel is actually a prequel that takes place 12 years before the events of the first game. We have not yet seen any signs of John Marston in any of the trailers – instead, our hero seems to be a new character called Arthur Morgan, a debt collector of the Van der Linde gang. Fans familiar with the franchise will realize that Marston’s old crew, so it seems possible if Marston will ever be a factor in the plot, but we certainly do not know yet.
Trailers footage we have seen so far shows that we will see other familiar faces, including a younger version of gangster Dutch Van der Linde, as well as the seedy outlaw Bill Williamson, Marston’s first goal from the first match.
It is also worth noting that this will actually be third game in the Red Dead franchise. The first, 2004’s Red Dead Revolver, was originally developed by Angel Studios before Rockstar acquired the company and released the game. It’s more of a spiritual predecessor to redemption games than anything else, though some of themes and the mechanics, such as Quickdraw, that let you slow down time and mark multiple goals for a quick multi-shot strike, have transferred.
When does it come out, and how can I play it?
After downloading a Fall 2017 edition, Rockstar Red Dead Redemption 2 drove back to October 26, 2018 . The game’s creator has insisted that there will be no further delays, so we expect that date to last October when it comes close.
The game starts on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, but it’s still unclear whether we “I can also play it on my computer too.” The original never made it to PC, but recently tripled-A titles from Rockstar, like Grand Theft Auto 5 and LA Noire have. A PC port is something the fans cling to (there is even a petition on change.org approaching its 75,000 signature goals), but with Rockstar, it’s almost no-show on the E3, do not be surprised if we do not hear anything about PC accessibility on the show.
I will also be curious to hear about things like multiplayer and some content plans after launch. The original Red Dead Redemption featured a multiplayer mode that allows you to enter the shootouts with your friends and while Rockstar offered a complete core game at the launch, it also ended up offering a fun free-standing offshoot game called Undead Nightmare who had John Marston scrambling to contain a wild west zombie plague. And while Rockstar does not have a true stand-alone presence on the E3, it’s quite possible that we could see fresh information about the potential of Red Dead 2 multiplayer modes that spoke at the Xbox or PlayStation press conference.
You can also check out GameSpots coverage of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Giant Bomb’s coverage of Red Dead Redemption 2.