The huge success of the original Red Dead Redemption left players asking for more. The trailer released in 2016 teased their imagination, and they started counting the days to the sequel. Well – the waiting time has almost come to an end. Lace up your cowboy boots, put on your cowboy hat and prepare for a new adventure in the Old West!
After waiting for four long years, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will finally put their hands on Red Dead Redemption 2 in fall 2017. Unfortunately, Rockstar Games still hasn’t revealed many details about the sequel. That didn’t stop us from making an overview of what the internet community claims to know about the game.
Why is it a prequel?
A picture of what is a Red Dead Redemption 2 in-game map appeared in April 2016, spicing up the imagination of the players across the globe. The map features a rather big area covering the Gear Plains, where the region of Blackwater is located. For those of you who can’t remember, Blackwater was the setting of the first RDR game.
When you compare the map that leaked online to the original one, you clearly see one thing missing – a railway. That led to the conclusion that RDR 2 will take place earlier than the original, effectively making it a prequel rather than a sequel. The theory of a prequel comes into question once you notice the “railroad” word in the map key. That makes it more likely that the map was just a work in progress and that’s why it lacks a railway.
New ways of traveling
Various islands dotted around the mainland suggest that you will be able to access new locations by using a canoe or swimming. This is a significant change, considering that the main character in the first game couldn’t swim. The theory that you will be able to use canoes and other boats is also supported by the trailer, where a scene depicts two men riding it.
The map itself is pretty large, so you will have plenty of locations to explore. Hardcore fans noticed that New Bordeaux is one of the locations on the map. If you’ve played the Mafia series, you know that’s where Mafia 3 took place. That inspired theories of a possible character crossover, but that’s not much likely because the Mafia game had a timeline in 1968. What probably will happen is that New Orleans will be featured in RDR 2. The position of the New Bordeaux on the map is similar to the one of New Orleans in the real world, and that was the name used for a fictional recreation of NO in Mafia 3.
The most beautiful open-world game ever
If there is one thing we are sure of, it’s that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have breathtaking graphics. The trailer shows beautiful prairies, cavernous valleys, shimmering deserts and much more. The fact that RDR 2 is an open-world game set in the Old West enabled Rockstar to focus on its natural setting. As you ride your horse through different locations, you will see buffalos roaming, deer grazing and eagles dominating the sky. Thick grass, tall trees, sunlight peeking through the branches, the level of detail shown in the trailer is incredible.
Will you play as John Marston again?
It’s more or less a sure thing that we will see John Marston again…probably. All joking aside, the only thing we know is that 7 cowboys make an appearance at the end of the trailer. That fueled the speculation that Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t focus on just one character. The original RDR focused on a single outlaw called John Marston. In RDR 2, it is more likely that you will take control of different cowboys during the game. The fans speculate that the number might even go up to seven. They are supporting the theory with the fact that seven seems to be the magic number for westerns (you probably watched The Magnificent Seven).
Regardless of the number of playable characters, the story will probably be connected to John Marston somehow. The most likely plot seems to be the one about Marston and his gang before they split up. That means we could see young Marston, as well as other familiar characters, such as Bill Williamson, Dutch van der Linde, and Javier Escuella.
There will be multiplayer
The first thing we should mention here is that GTA Online was a money-making machine. The option to purchase in-game currency with real money netted over $500 million for Rockstar Games. That’s why it didn’t come as a surprise when they confirmed on their official website that Red Dead Redemption 2 would “provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”
The original game also had an online mode, which was pretty impressive. The option of joining an eight-player posse that robs stagecoaches and messes in the Western wilderness was great. Considering the success of GTA Online, there is a chance that RDR 2’s online multiplayer will be a separate entity. One thing that’s certain is that the online mode won’t be released on the launch day of the game, but it will follow later on.
Do we know when the launch day is?
Yes…and no. Just like pretty much everything related to this game, we need to make an educated guess. A couple of online retailers leaked different release dates – one is September 26, 2017, and the other one October 3, 2017. The official website says that the game is coming in the fall, so take these dates with a pinch of salt.
The game has been confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One so far. The PC players around the world are urging Rockstar to release the game on PC. Over 50,000 of them already signed an online petition. The good news is – it’s a pretty sure thing that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to Windows. After all, PC users could be a valuable asset in making the revenue from the online mode. The bad news is that they will probably have to be patient. The official release for Windows might come a bit later.