Rockstar Games has revealed the second trailer for their upcoming game, Red Dead Redemption 2.
This time around, compared to the first trailer, we can see more of the actual game and more details of what to expect have been confirmed. Some new things have been alluded to and there is still plenty to speculate about, however fewer questions about the game have been answered than we would have ideally liked. So, without further ado, let's dive into all this new information!
The protagonist, singular - at least as far as we know - is an outlaw called Arthur Morgan. The trailer didn't make it explicitly clear that he is the only protagonist, however he is the only named character, and his voice lines are featured most prominently. Rockstar's official description of the trailer gives his full name as the trailer only refers to him as "Mr. Morgan".
At this stage, Morgan appears to be a generic middle-aged gruff white guy with a stubble, however character-wise he seems like an atypical hero - mainly because he doesn't seem to be a hero. The trailer implies we'll be erring more on the side of the outlaws in this game, something that is further reinforced by the description:
Watch the all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and 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. Coming Spring 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.
Sequel or Prequel?
The question of whether Red Dead Redemption 2 would be a prequel or a sequel has been hotly debated in the past year and we're pleased to say that this new trailer has finally answered it.
Dutch Van Der Linde, the main antagonist of Red Dead Redemption and the head of the Van Der Linde gang, is seen in the trailer, and is somewhat younger than he was in the previous game, making this clearly a prequel.
It being a prequel made more sense anyway, since Red Dead Redemption often returned to the theme of the "Old West" declining and the cowboy/outlaw era ending. The game's setting was mainly 1911, which was already on the tail-end of the Old West era, and the game's epilogue is set even further down the line, making a prequel more or less the only logical option, and finally this has been confirmed.
It does make naming the game Red Dead Redemption 2 instead of Red Dead Re-something even stranger (especially since this is the third game, and Red Dead Redemption was the second), but hey, brand recognition matters.
While no concrete locations have been revealed, the voiceover lines indicate the game's map will be spread across three states. Since the official description refers to the game's setting as "America's unforgiving heartland", the location will be different from the previous game which was in the southernmost states and part of Mexico.
Many of the shots in the trailer depict locations other than arid deserts, including snowy mountains, dense forests, swamps and fields. The biomes present in this game are going to be more varied than they were in Red Dead Redemption.
Some of the gameplay beats of the upcoming title have been revealed as well. Lassoing horses and hunting are making a return alongside the absolute basics like brawling, shootouts and horse riding. Weapons will include your standard selection of pistols and other late 1800's/early 1900's firearms as well as a bow and arrow and various melee weapons.
While it is hard to confirm details based on a trailer cut together from scripted events and cutscenes, it seems like stealth may play a bigger part in this installment of the series, and train robberies will be recurring events, as well as other typical outlaw activities such as bank robberies.
The largely disjointed snippets of dialogue didn't reveal much about the game's plot, but we do know we'll be interacting with a mix of old and new characters.
The storyline will mainly focus on the exploits of the Van Der Linde gang headed by Dutch prior to it being disbanded in Red Dead Redemption's prologue. The story seems to be an antithesis to that of the previous game, which saw John Marston, a former outlaw, attempting to atone and redeem himself (title hint), whereas the new trailer paints Arthur Morgan as someone relishing in the dastardly deeds of an outlaw.
Whether he will have a change of heart during the storyline, or if Rockstar's editors just cut together dialogue in a way to throw fans off the scent, will only be revealed once the game is released.
What Is Red Dead Redemption 2's Release Date?
This trailer, which is currently the newest and thus most up-to-date source of info, only showed the already known, estimated release date of Spring 2018, meaning we don't have a concrete date yet.
While that may be disappointing, we're just happy the game didn't get delayed again. Whether or not Rockstar will keep to this date or later on push it back again is anyone's guess, but Rockstar releases games on a Rockstar schedule, and ain't nobody going to do anything about it.
Is John Marston In It?
We have no idea. Rockstar is very likely keeping a tight lid on this particular detail, as it would be a pretty major reveal considering the character's popularity. However, fan theories have cropped up already, some thinking that the voice line in the trailer saying "we're going to need another gun" is referring to the recruitment of John Marston.
The Bottom Line
Our idea of just what kind of a game Red Dead Redemption 2 will be just got a lot clearer thanks to this trailer (and we'll be updating our FAQ and finally producing some guides shortly), however our questions still far outweigh the number of answers.
We're hoping this trailer has opened the information floodgates, so to speak, and we can expect far more details with less waiting from now on. It's time Rockstar started giving more detailed descriptions of gameplay mechanics and more, so keep checking back daily for more!