red dead redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 finally gets a release date and some brand new screens
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Don’t worry, it’s not that bad, but it is disappointing to learn that the highly anticipated Red Dead
Redemption 2 isn’t coming out quite as early as we thought—it’s been delayed until October 26. On the good side of things, this does mean we now have a proper firm date for it, and we’ve been shown new shots to illustrate how it’s coming along. We’ve also managed to tease out a few new details while we wait to go on our Wild West romp.
The press release from Rockstar announcing the delay is upbeat, and given what we’ve seen so far it’s in safe hands: “While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish. We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it.”
It’s also great that we can see more of the famous Dutch Van der Linde in his prime, here leading his gang before descending into madness and violence. Based on the first game, he was touted as a bit of a Robin Hood character in his youth, so maybe we’ll get to see that good side of him here, as a contrast to the slightly more harsh attitude of the game’s protagonist, Arthur Morgan. This cowboy doesn’t seem to have much of a conscience, threatening grieving sons, robbing trains, and holding up banks. Will Dutch bring Morgan around from wild and brutal to a more rounded figure, similar to John Marston from the previous game? Perhaps this will be a story of a bad man learning to be good, rather than a tale of an evil douchebag that just loves shooting people and taking their money. Dutch certainly seems to be demanding respect from his friends from the teases we’ve seen so far, so we’re hoping that Rockstar works its storytelling magic once again and creates a plot we’ll remember for the next ten years.
Unfortunately, there are still a few things that we don’t know—including whether there will be more than one playable character in the final game, as there was in GTA V. We’ve seen a trailer that features several different characters, and the new screenshots give us another look at a female character that looks a lot like Bonnie MacFarlane from the previous game. She’ll play a big part in the plot, but will you be able to control her?
We’re also intrigued to hear more about the online modes in the game— outside of information from unverifiable leaks, we know nothing about the multiplayer modes that Red
Dead Redemption 2 will offer. We strongly suspect that there will be a large, shared world after the ongoing success of GTA Online. It’s likely that in-game currency will be purchasable with real-world money, just like in GTA, but in the current climate any talk of in-game purchases may not be met favorably by fans.
Whatever Rockstar plans to do, we’ll be finding out more in the next few months as the release date of the game gets closer. There’s so much still to reveal—and we can’t wait.
We’ll have more on Red Dead 2 in the run-up to October.
“We’re hoping that Rockstar works its storytelling magic again”