As promised, Rockstar Games has delivered a fresh trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, and it is equal parts lovely to behold and dreadful in tone. Not that the first Red Dead was a smile-filled romp, but it looks like things are going to be pretty dire for the Van der Linde gang when the game launches this October.

Well that was certainly dramatic. We already had a feel for the narrative of Red Dead Redemption 2 thanks to the game's first couple of trailers. Also, there's the fact that this is a prequel and, courtesy of bits and pieces of story from the first game, we've got a pretty good idea about the rocky trail this particular posse is about to head down.

The first Red Dead Redemption had its fair share of grim-dark moments, but those were usually used to punctuate stories that would have typically felt at home in just about any Spaghetti Western. This latest trailer for Red Dead 2 makes it look like the narrative will lean more heavily on a serious tone but, again, we'll just have to wait and see what's actually in store for Morgan and company.

Keep in mind that everything on display here is cutscene material, but there's no denying that Red Dead Redemption 2 is shaping up to be some fantastic eye candy. Even so, we're looking forward to finally seeing the game in action, hopefully at the start of June when E3 rolls around.

Still, it's nice to see everything really starting to take shape in this latest trailer from Rockstar, giving us a better look at the characters and their motivations. As the trailer opens, we learn that, "by 1899, the West had nearly been tamed." In other words, civilization is steadily settling in and, with it, law and order. That's bad news for gunslingers and outlaws such as the Van der Linde gang. As noted by Rockstar, the story picks up with a botched robbery in the town of Blackwater, leaving Arthur Morgan and his pals with only one option: Ride fast and far.

Federal agents have started cracking down on Wild West tomfoolery and, with the Van der Linde gang being one of the last remnants of a dying era, it looks like they'll be stopping at nothing to hunt down and kill our not-so-marry band of desperadoes.

Rockstar states that the gang must rob and fight its way "across the rugged heartland of America," leading us to wonder if the game's structure might differ a bit from the first Red Dead Redemption. Thanks to leaks and whatnot, we've already got an idea of there being another open-world map in this prequel, but we can't help but wonder if it'll come into play only after a series of missions spanning a nice chunk of the not-quite-tamed lands. We'll just have to wait until Oct. 26 to find out.

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