With Red Dead Redemption 2 set to release in 2018 for home consoles, everyone is looking for more information on one of the biggest games due for release this year. Of course, that means it gives us an opportunity to go over what we know so far about Rockstar Games' upcoming title.
Now, there are tons of details being withheld from gamers as far as content and gameplay are concerned. Rockstar and Take-Two have been mum for the longest about a sequel to the 2010 release of Red Dead Redemption even being in development, and have, at all costs, avoided mentioning it at all. However, the time has finally come for the game to make its debut on the market later this year and that means it's time to go over all the details of everything we know about the title thus far, including what we can look forward to when it finally releases.
When Will Red Dead Redemption 2 Be Released?
Rockstar has finally announced a release date for Red Dead Redemption 2: October 26, 2018. Originally, it was thought that the game would launch in the first half of 2018, no sooner than April. Then, a rumor spread that the game might release June 8th, 2018, according to a listing on a Dutch retail outlet, as reported by Game Informer, but that date was never confirmed by Rockstar or Take-Two Interactive, and now we know why. Rockstar has been very selective of its release dates for the last few outings, so it's clear that the company tried to pick a date that best benefitted its endeavors. GTA V launched in September, away from all the big games that drop in November, including avoiding the holiday rush occupied by AAA heavy-hitters like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. The last Red Dead game launched in May, and Rockstar also launched Max Payne 3 in May as well. So, Rockstar seems to be positioning Red Dead Redemption 2 around GTA V's window, which launched in the fall.
What Are The Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Platforms?
One of the things that Rockstar did reveal about Red Dead Redemption 2 are the release platforms. We know for sure that the game is coming to the PS4 and the Xbox One. So what about PC? Well, Rockstar usually releases on PC following releases on home consoles. If a PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn't happen simultaneously with the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, it may arrive a year later, similar to GTA V. Some gamers are also hoping there will be support for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but Rockstar has not clarified if it will support the mid-gen consoles with special features. Given some of the things showcased in the trailer, it's possible that they'll want to leverage the extra horsepower from the PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio in order to extend the visual immersion factors with longer draw distances, smoother frame-rates and increased post-processing effects. According to Polygon, the PS4 will receive access to post-launch DLC first before the other platforms.
Who Are The Major Characters In Red Dead Redemption 2?
We don't know who the main characters are in Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar hasn't revealed who the player-character(s) will be, or whether or not it will see players bouncing through multiple playable characters like in the first two Red Dead games. Given that gamers could play as multiple characters from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities, it's likely that Rockstar will keep that trend alive in Red Dead Redemption 2. So far, the only characters they've shown have been on a poster which featured seven silhouettes of gunmen walking against a red background. Rockstar has yet to reveal if those are the player characters or the villains of the game. In the original Red Dead Revolver players took on the role of Red Harlow, and battled against a rogue gallery of unique and over the top characters. In Red Dead Redemption players took on the role of John Marston, working to bring down his old gang. It's not unlikely that Red Dead Redemption 2 will follow a similar plot to the last two games.