One of the most highly anticipated games of 2018 just got its second official trailer. Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally announced with a Fall 2017 release date. It has since been delayed to Spring 2018. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The trailer introduces new protagonist Arthur Morgan. Morgan is an outlaw who runs with the Van Der Linde gang, a name that should be familiar to players of the first Red Dead Redemption. The trailer confirms that RDR2 is a prequel to the original game’s story. A villain from the first game, Dutch, is mentioned by name, and is the leader of the gang that John Marston once rode with.

Marston isn’t shown or mentioned in the trailer, but we can hazard a guess that he’ll be in the game in some capacity.

Given that the first Red Dead Redemption took place around the end of the Old West in 1911, it was heavily rumored (and now confirmed) that RDR2 would actually be a prequel to let us dive back into everything Western.

Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 as a pseudo-sequel to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver. Red Dead Redemption used the same basic template as Rockstar Games’ hugely popular Grand Theft Auto series with all the tropes, satire, and gameplay features that entails.

Red Dead Redemption was particularly vaunted for having a memorable and emotional story, at least in the first and last third of the game. Protagonist John Marston was also notably not a criminal jerk (unlike most Rockstar protagonists). It won numerous awards and is often listed as one of the best games of the last generation. Despite its popularity it was never ported to PC, nor given the HD treatment. Grand Theft Auto V’s popular online mode was heavily based on RDR’s online multiplayer.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is due to release in Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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