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A Look Ahead: Red Dead Redemption 2

Although Rockstar is keeping most details of Red Dead Redemption 2 under wraps, there is still a lot of speculation about gameplay, the story, and even the setting of the game.

Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 on Xbox and Playstation and was an absolute hit; the game has over 30 million players and several awards, including Game of the Year. it was a no-brainer to assume there would be a second (third?) game in the series. However, we do know that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a prequel to Red Dead Redemption and will include some of the characters that you meet and hear about in Red Dead. It currently has no relation to the original Red Dead Revolver released by Rockstar in 2004.A beautiful, yet anticlimactic trailer was released for the game in October, revealing an immersive and astoundingly lifelike landscape that was warmly familiar. We can speculate that the game takes place before the events of Redemption and might still involve John Marston (that looks a lot like his silhouette third in from the left). There have been several “leaks” about the game leading up to its announcement, one of which being a supposed map of the game. This would mean it takes place where Redemption did. We can assume the game’s story might center around John Marston’s time in his old gang with Dutch and the boys.

The supposed map (leaked to Reddit) includes the town of Blackwater as well as offshore islands, hinting to the ability to swim or use a boat or ferry.
The main concern people are having, besides the fact that it is only available on console (so far), is the idea of the gameplay. Even though it has not been confirmed, rumors point to a multi-protagonist story. It’s like when GTA V had three playable characters, all with their own storylines that crossover with one another and decide the fate of the story. Although it was a refreshing and new way to play single-player, Rockstar got a largely negative response from this as well as their online mode in GTA.This worries a lot of fans, that we don’t just want another release of GTA with a new skin. The multiplayer mode on Red Dead Redemption was great and unlike anything else you could find in a game of its time. It was deeply immersive playing online, and something we’re returning with the release of Red Dead 2.


Not only does the trailer leave us with some questions about new gameplay elements, but also showcases a gorgeous, sprawling landscape with graphics we could have only dreamed of with the first two installments. The game will be able to be played at 60fps at 1080p and more than likely will be 4k compatible since the upgraded consoles models will be out by then.

The jaw-dropping scenery will be able to be experienced on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and PC fans are currently battling to have the game available on PC as well, even going as far as having created a petition receiving just shy of their goal of 50,000 signatures. Let’s hope that we can all experience the highly anticipated sequel on all platforms.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently available for pre-order for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.