Rockstar Games has finally shown off a gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, giving the many eager fans out there the first opportunity to see exactly what playing the sequel will be like when it launches later this year. The video provides a much deeper look at the game world, how players can interact with the Van der Linde gang, build a reputation for main character Arthur Morgan, and more.
As shown in the trailer, Red Dead Redemption 2 features a vast American landscape that encompasses everything from mountainous regions and swamps to towns that are undergoing the process of modernization, and the great Southwest frontier. Players will be able to move between these locations seamlessly and each one provides a variety of activities and missions to engage with.
As Arthur Morgan, you roll with the Van der Linde gang, who are being pursued across America by Lawmen intent on snuffing out the age of outlaws. The way players interact with fellow gang members is key to Red Dead Redemption 2’s narrative and its gameplay, so they are always available to talk to, either for general chit-chat or to get missions and activities from. This means you can also take your compatriots in crime out with you to hunt, fish, or rob.
The Van der Linde gang has a dedicated camp that evolves over time. Players will frequently return to the camp to take on missions and activities, as well as build their relationships with other members of the gang, as previously mentioned. The camp needs to be maintained and each member of the gang is involved in that process. For upkeep, the camp needs a regular supply of provisions, be it food or cash. Although players can choose not to contribute and leave it to others, helping out will lead to Arthur being rewarded for his efforts. Interestingly, camp locations will change as the story progresses, which makes sense given that they’re outlaws on the run.
Red Dead Redemption 2 also lets players interact with the majority other characters in the game world and these interactions will change depending on the situation and context. Since you’re an outlaw, you can choose how to approach the world, either behaving like an upstanding member of society or choosing to cause trouble. Depending on your approach the world, and the people, around you will react accordingly. You can also choose how you want to treat the animal life, whether that’s telling off a bad dog, or praising your horse to calm it.
The horses are another big pillar of Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay, as it is as much a companion for Arthur as it is a transportation option. As with the first game, wild horses can be tamed and ridden, but this time will behave differently depending on their breed. Some may be better suited to traversing certain terrain, while others may get spooked easier when around action. To build a bond with horses, players are able to feed them and groom them, and if they’re upset, you can ease their stress and calm them too. As the player, and arthur, deepens the bond with a horse, its stamina and speed develops, and it also becomes easier to calm it.
Needless to say, horses are also pretty handy for carrying equipment, as well as Arthur. Saddlebags can be utilized to hold extra weapons, killed animals, and pretty much anything else that Arthur isn’t able to stuff into his pockets.
The new video also revealed a bit more Arthur, who is a senior member of the Van der Linde gang and, as a result, has the confidence of its leader, Dutch. Arthur joined the gang when he was a boy, and treats its members as family, inspiring deep loyalty from him. Given that the life of an outlaw is all that he’s known from a young age, he’s desperate to protect his lifestyle and his family, and make sure they’re taken care of. Despite being an outlaw, the player can define how honorable Arthur is through actions. The way they choose to approach missions and activities, as well as their general conduct in daily life in the open-world will dictate the level of honor Arthur has. This, in turns, opens up different opportunities and has varying consequences.
Up until now Rockstar has provided precious few details on Read Dead Redemption 2 gameplay, opting instead to release three cinematic trailers that deliver some insight into the story of the game and set the mood for it. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in America in the year 1899, at the end of the wild west era. Lawmen have begun hunting the last remaining outlaw gangs, killing off those that don’t surrender.
“After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee,” Rockstar explained. “With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him … Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age.”
The story follows outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they fight for survival by robbing and stealing their way across the heart of America. A previous trailer confirmed that the first Red Dead Redemption’s protagonist, John Marston, will make an appearance.
After delays, Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two has said Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date won’t change again, and it will launch on October 26. Currently it is set for release on PS4 and Xbox One. Although a PC version hasn’t officially been confirmed, a programmer working on the game has indicated that Read Dead Redemption 2 could come to PC.
Rockstar’s last major game, Grand Theft Auto V, was released on PC and has seen massive sales, so much so that Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said it would be unrealistic to expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to have similar sales to GTA V. Nevertheless, the company is confident in what the game will achieve, saying it is “yet another creative milestone” for Rockstar and that Red Dead Redemption 2 aims to “redefine our industry” and “captivate audiences around the world.”