New Trailer Released for Red Dead Redemption 2

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A masked outlaw prepares to rob a train. Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games.

          The game development company Rockstar makes headlines once again as they release a new trailer teasing the latest installment in the ‘Red Dead’ franchise. Continue reading for a breakdown of what was unveiled.

          But what is Red Dead Redemption? Well in short RDR was an open world western released in 2010 by the renowned studio Rockstar, known for their work on the Grand Theft Auto series. The player took control of John Marston, a man who was forced by lawmen to encounter his old gang, taking care of each member on his list or else great danger would fall onto his family. Red Dead Redemption 2 is linked to the original by delving into Marston’s crew, with a deeper look into the Van der Linde posse.

          You now take control over a new public enemy, a charming smooth talker named Arthur Morgan. The official description on the video gives us a basic outline of the game’s plot. It reads “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” As an enforcer and debt collector for Dutch Van der Linde, you get to experience what it’s like while the gang was at their height of their power. Alongside the rest of your posse, you cause mayhem and chaos across the American frontier.

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Close up shot of new anti-hero Arthur Morgan.

          That being said, confirmation of a prequel was one of the major things that was revealed in the new trailer for Read Dead Redemption 2. Though this was heavily speculated after the original teaser trailer showed off live buffalo (You hunt and cause the animal to go extinct in the first game) it’s nice to have solid confirmation. What really gave away the fact RDR 2 will be a prequel though is that Arthur Morgan is seen speaking to the leader of the Van der Linde gang himself, Dutch. Dutch was one of the last of the outlaws you encountered in the first game, and by then he was middle-aged. When Morgan is seen speaking with him, Dutch is visibly younger and has a much more intimidating physical stature. The age gap between both appearances of the man alludes to the new release taking place around 10-15 years before its predecessor, right around the turn of the century. This would make the most sense as players could see fresh-faced John Marston’s initiation into his life of a gang member.

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A younger Dutch has confirmed the game to be a prequel.

          Rockstar has been quite scant when it comes to releasing details on their latest product, with updates few and far between. The new trailer is a rainstorm, bringing a long needed relief to the drought of information. Originally, the teaser trailer of the game released last October, revealing little but instead building hype. The release date was scheduled for “Fall 2017.” After that it was silence once again. In May the studio broke the ice once more with new screenshots that captured the diverse environments of Red Dead Redemption 2, and news that the game was delayed until “2018.” Other than that there has been very little for fans to to go off of.

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One of the scenic images released by Rockstar San Diego as a teaser.

          Though no official date has been announced for the game’s release, Rockstar is now shooting for “Spring 2018.” Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, but parent company Take-Two has declined to comment on a PC release at this time.

Works Cited: GameSpot.com, Polygon.com, RockstarGames.com

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