Let's start off by saying that even though pretty much everything is pointing towards the subject of this promotional filming being Red Dead Redemption 2, it hasn't been officially revealed as such and therefore this is technically still a rumor.
That said, the evidence is rather overwhelming, and we'd love to hear anyone contest the notion that Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't the game being talked about below.
A film crew spotted in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana earlier this week were interviewed about a particular promotional video shot near an iconic early 1900's church. The producer answered a few questions about the project, but couldn't name names. He did, however, drop enough hints to make it very likely that we're looking at Rockstar's upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2.
The film being shot featured two actors in Wild West themed attire fighting near the church while a train chugged along in the background. The Producer, one Jeff Guillot, said that the footage will be used to promote an upcoming video game.
In case "Wild West" and "upcoming video game" don't set off enough bells, the rest of what he revealed will. Even then, what other Western game is releasing soon that has enough of a budget to secure a live-action trailer?
This is a sequel to an existing global franchise
Guillot went on to say that the game is a sequel to a popular series. Check. It will be open world. Check. The scene shot for the trailer takes place in an in-game location that is a fictional version of the United States, called Hope County. Check, as this adheres to Rockstar's plausible-but-fictional location naming scheme.
All the pieces are in place for this to be Red Dead Redemption 2, and taking the projected fall release date into account, it stands to reason for marketing to be ramped up soon. At least now we suspect that a live action trailer is in the pipeline, though unfortunately that still isn't gameplay footage. Nonetheless, Guillot also dropped another interesting breadcrumb.
The game for which they were shooting the trailer will be released in September. Again, check. While most educated guesses so far put the game into the latter half of October, September was never out of the question. Guillot didn't drop an exact date, however, so all the armchair analysts will still have something to argue over.
The shoot itself sounded like a rather wholesome affair. Guillot described that the church was in a rather poor condition, and outright dangerous when they arrived. The film crew actually arranged for it to be fixed up, for which the local community, which hasn't used the church for a while, was overwhelming grateful.
The area where the shoot took place has a rich history tied to the Native American population that call it home. Unfortunately, some of that history is rather bloody, however these days the community lives a peaceful and happy life. There is even a cryptic myth linked to the area, with reports of so-called "goat man" sightings near the church. This could be the next Grand Theft Auto 5 sasquatch in the making!
Of course, there is always room for skepticism until such a time that Rockstar actually publishes a live-action trailer, however too many of the signs point to Red Dead Redemption 2 for this to turn out a dud.
We're certainly anticipating the time when promotion for the game picks up steam and we get more story and gameplay details, and now we even have a live-action trailer to look forward to also.