While Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t scheduled to launch until spring 2018, various tidbits have already been released about the game and of course, fans are eager to learn anything and everything they can. With that in mind, we present our no-BS Red Dead Redemption 2 FAQ – no rumors or unconfirmed info here!

What is Red Dead Redemption 2?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third instalment of the Red Dead franchise and as of November 2016 is under development by Rockstar Games. Before RDR2 came Red Dead Revolver in 2004 and Red Dead Redemption in 2010. While Revolver and the original Redemption had little in common beyond the name and setting, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a direct sequel – or more likely prequel – to the 2010 title. See below for more on this last bit.

When will Red Dead Redemption 2 launch?

The game was originally scheduled to launch in fall of 2017, however on May 22, 2017, Rockstar announced that the game had been delayed until spring 2018. You can also track the release date here.

On what platforms will Red Dead Redemption 2 be available?

At present, it has been announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will only be available on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One platforms. However, some sources say a PC version may arrive down the line (just like it did for GTA V, for instance). A PC release has not been confirmed though, and based on history, may not occur for some time (if ever).

Where will Red Dead Redemption 2 be set?

Knowing so little about the game, we have no concrete info about the setting of the game beyond the very broad and vague definition of “America’s unforgiving heartland”. Chances are the second title is ditching the wild-west for the midwest instead. While certain leaks have allegedly revealed the location of the game, these are to be approached with plenty of skepticism. Nothing official has been confirmed yet except for the aforementioned “America’s unforgiving heartland” part.

Does Red Dead Redemption 2 have a single player/story mode?

While not explicitly stated in the trailer, it would be be extremely unusual for Rockstar not to include a story mode component in Red Dead Redemption 2. Previous games in the series are acclaimed for their story lines and RDR2 should be no different. In addition, earlier this year it was noted that the domain RedDead.online had been registered by Take-Two (Rockstar Games’ parent company). Giving the multiplayer portion of RDR2 the same naming convention as GTA Online makes sense, and given that the game is called Red Dead Redemption 2 and not Red Dead Online, that leads to the conclusion that there will be a single player game mode.

Will Red Dead Redemption 2 feature multiplayer?

Surprising absolutely no one following the immense success of Grand Theft Auto Online, the upcoming title will indeed feature a multiplayer mode. Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature a new, cutting edge multiplayer component, and Take-Two has already registered the domain RedDead.online (not to be confused with RedDeadOnline.com which appears to be registered by someone else).

What is Red Dead Redemption 2 about?

Based on the story and themes of the first Red Dead Redemption, as well as the promotional artwork of Red Dead Redemption 2, the game will likely act as a prequel for the original RDR and chronologically will precede it. As such, the storyline will likely be focused around John Marston’s time as an outlaw, either experienced through his eyes or the eyes of another character who accompanies him. The reason people believe it will be a prequel to the original RDR is that the promo images for RDR 2 feature John Marston, and any one who has played the original RDR will know that the game ends in a way such that he could not feature if RDR 2 was a sequel.

Is Red Dead Redemption 2 an exclusive title?

No, as we covered above, the game will launch on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, possibly coming to the PC at a later date. However, it is true that Rockstar has brokered a special deal with Sony, meaning that PlayStation 4 players will gain access to Red Dead Online content first.