Gamers have been wanting to see more of Red Dead Redemption 2 since its release. The game is still several months out from release and we still haven't seen any gameplay for the open-world period-piece ... until now. With the October 26th release date fast approaching, Rockstar let loose a lengthy six-minute video for Red Dead Redemption 2 that covers a lot of the gameplay and some of the activities that players will be able to participate in.
The trailer is captured entirely from in-game footage, with resolution scaling for up to 4K, according to the description on the YouTube page. Given that the home consoles don't quite have the horsepower to run a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 in native 4K given the hardware limitations, this means it was either captured from resolution upscaling, or it was captured from a high-end PC, which could give PC gamers something to get excited about.
Either way, the trailer starts with an explosion and features a voiceover covering how Rockstar wants to create a more "immersive" and "detailed" world than ever before. There's a lot on display in the trailer, including a look at some actual horse riding gameplay, as well as a firsthand look at the melee combat system, the all-new improved Dead Eye aiming, and an overview of the various environments players will be able to visit, including forests, mountains, deserts, and cities.
So the trailer reveals something very interesting about Red Dead Redemption 2: it's a traveling adventure.
One of the things I didn't expect was that you would be in charge of a large group of people, and keeping them safe. As you progress through the story you'll have to pack up and move along before the authorities track you down and give you each a lead sandwich.
This is a very unique take on the storytelling mechanic because as the gang sets up camp at different places and under different environmental and weather conditions, it adds or removes certain challenges. For instance, if you're in a cold climate you have to find ways to keep the caravan of criminals warm. If you're in the mountains you'll have to find ways to hunt for food to keep everyone fed. It's a cool little emergent dynamic that could end up mirroring some of the survival simulators that currently fill up Steam, such as DayZ or Rust.
As far as the actual gameplay is concerned, there aren't many new features here that haven't already been done before in other games, but it looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 is attempting to combine them all into one experience. For instance, the ability to randomly interact with people from games like Saints Row _and EA's _The Godfather is present, along with Reservoir Dogs and GTA IV's ability to use weapons to intimidate people without harming them.
Rockstar also overhauled the melee and gunplay in Red Dead Redemption 2, with the melee being an improved version of the system used in Saints Row 2, while the gunplay is a lot more reminiscent to GTA V. There's definitely a lot to the game and Rockstar apparently has, even more, to showcase in another gameplay video. If you want a heads-up on when that second video will arrive, you can sign-up with the newsletter on the official website so you'll know when it drops.