The company that makes “Grand Theft Auto” isn’t known for pumping out games. You may recall that the latest “GTA” game came out in 2013 – that’s the most recent release from Rockstar Games.
But a new game from Rockstar is just on the horizon: “Red Dead Redemption 2.”
The relentlessly gorgeous “Red Dead Redemption 2” is still many months away – it was recently delayed to October 26. When it does arrive, it’s headed to the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
So, what’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” all about? Is it basically “Grand Theft Horse”? Let’s dive in.
Unlike “GTA,” the “Red Dead” series is set in the American frontier. That means campfires and starry skies.
It also means gunslingers and six-shooters and bandit masks. This isn’t just a tale of America’s Wild West but a tale of cowboys, robbers, and the evolution of American society.
Rockstar characterises the game’s story as an “outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland.”
Major centerpieces of the era, like cross-country railroads, directly play in to “Red Dead Redemption 2.”
The game’s main character is Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde Gang — a crew who played an important role in the previous “Red Dead” game.
The game is a prequel to the previous game in the series. It follows the Van der Linde gang as they “rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.”
Here’s a look at some of that “surviving”:
Revolvers, shotguns, and rifles are sure to be standard means of dealing with hostile encounters. The level of detail on these pistols is especially impressive.
It’s not all robbing and stealing — what made the previous game so good was its living world.
“Red Dead Redemption 2” looks to continue and expand on that world.
Some of the best moments of the original “Red Dead Redemption” were being alone in a gorgeous area, marveling at the lush environment while trotting through on horseback. Those quiet moments will clearly make a return in the sequel.
Stagecoaches are another feature of “Red Dead Redemption 2.” From the looks of this one, the cargo is of enough importance that four armed men on horseback are riding along as protection. Perhaps you and your gang can take it down?
There are also towns to explore and people to meet.
If this looks an awful lot like a Western take on the “Grand Theft Auto” formula, you’d be right. The main difference is in tone: “Red Dead” is a more serious game.
Several images of “Red Dead Redemption 2” depict a gang of seven — a nod to the film “The Magnificent Seven,” no doubt, which itself is an homage to “Seven Samurai.”
The imagery of seven cowboys is repeatedly used in Rockstar’s marketing for the coming game. This was the first teaser image released by Rockstar.
We’ll assuredly learn much more about “Red Dead Redemption 2” as the year continues — we’re in the final stretch leading up to its October 26 launch date on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Take a look at “Red Dead Redemption 2” in action right here with the latest trailer:
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