red dead redemp­tion 2

Red Dead Redemp­tion 2 fi­nally gets a re­lease date and some brand new screens

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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.

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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”

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