As each day of Spring ticks by, we get closer and closer to the October release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Knowing it’s out there but out of our hands is tough, but Rockstar Games released a new trailer to keep us going.
The latest trailer gives us a closer look at the Van Der Linde gang we’ll be riding with in this sequel-prequel, and a clearer idea of the story. RDR2 follows the exploits of the very gang we spent the duration of Red Dead Redemption taking down, the Van Der Linde gang. The game is set 12 years before the original Red Dead Redemption, back in 1899. Dutch’s gang is all together, including a young Johnny Marston, of whom we get a few short looks in the trailer. Here’s the official description straight from Rockstar:
America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.
After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. 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.
The trailer is gorgeous and gives us exactly the kind of drama and story we love to see from a Rockstar Games title. So what’s missing?
Oh right, gameplay.
What we’re hungering for most after a “mood” trailer and last fall’s story trailer is a look at what it’ll be like to actually play the game. Sure, I can go back and play Red Dead Redemption to get an idea, but it’s been a full eight years since the game released – things have changed.
With that said, Rockstar usually separates its gameplay and story trailers. It’s likely we’ll get a gameplay trailer that has someone narrating the game’s features sometime this summer as Rockstar kicks up the hype for the game. Until we get that gamplay trailer, we won’t know if we’ll be playing as one character like we did in Red Dead Redemption, or if Rockstar will go GTAV on us and let us step into the boots’n’spurs of the whole gang.
We’ll be able to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26. PC gamers, you’re still in the dark – Rockstar isn’t talking about whether even a PC version exists just yet.