Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year – for the second year in a row. Rockstar Games unveiled trailer #3 this week, which dives into the story of the Van der Linde gang. Red Dead Redemption 2 is out October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The trailer features new protagonist Arthur Morgan. But instead of focusing on any one character, we get a look at the entire Van der Linde gang as they rob and kill their way through the twilight years of the Wild West, crica 1899.
The sequel serves as a prequel to the first Red Dead Redemption, which released in 2010 on previous generation consoles. That game took place in 1911, as ex-Van der Linde gang member John Marston was forced to hunt down his former partners to save his family. Red Dead Redemption is widely considered one of the greatest games of that generation.
Red Dead 2 will feature the gang in its infamous heyday, with supporting cast members that later became the primary villains of Red Dead Redemption. What’s a good Western without romanticized outlaws?
Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally teased last year with a Fall 2017 release date, then delayed to Spring 2018 before given a (hopefully) firm release date in October.
Rockstar Games is one of the biggest developers and publishers in the market. Their games are few and far between but usually dominate the industry for years. Their last major release was Grand Theft Auto V, which originally launched in 2013 on last-gen consoles, 2014 on current consoles, then 2015 on PC. GTAV has shipped nearly 100 million copies worldwide, making it the third best-selling game of all time.
It’ll be interesting to see where Read Dead 2 falls. The first game, while beloved by critics and fans, never reached those insane sale numbers. It was also never ported to modern consoles nor PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 should finally arrive October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB but all Rockstar’s games receive very strong M ratings.