What Do We Know So Far About Red Dead Redemption 2?

Samantha Loveridge

We might have a little while to wait, but we now know that Red Dead Redemption 2 is on the way.

Rockstar Games is keeping schtum on most of the details for now, but that hasn’t stopped online sleuths unearthing secrets from the trailers, concept art or taking a deep dive into that leaked map.

For everything that involves Red Dead Redemption 2, from fan theories to official news, keep this page bookmarked.

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Is John Marston making a comeback for Red Dead Redemption 2?

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date – When is it coming out?

Rockstar Games has been very kind to us and given us a vague Red Dead Redemption 2 release date of “Fall 2017”.

It might not be a date that’s set in stone, but it certainly means that we’ll be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 before Santa squeezes himself into his suit this year.

Red Dead Redemption 2 platforms – Will it come to PS4, Xbox One and PC?

So far Rockstar has only confirmed that the game will arrive on PS4 and Xbox One later this year.

Whether that rules out a PC release altogether, we’re still unclear. Fans have been quick to start a petition asking for a PC release for the game, though, which you can sign up for here on Change.org.

We’ll warn you, though, we sincerely doubt that RDR2 will come to PC as the original game only came out on Xbox 360 and PS3.

If it does, it’ll probably be sometime later, as with the PC version of GTA 5.

Red Dead Redemption 2 story – What tale will it tell?

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The line-up of Red Dead Redemption 2 characters could look something a little like this

Everything about Red Dead Redemption 2 is pointing towards a prequel. It seems a strong bet that we’ll see some familiar faces in the game, most notably Red Dead Redemption hero, John Marston.

For instance, the fact that it’s even called Red Dead Redemption 2 rather than Red Dead anything else seems to suggest that there will be connecting storylines.

All the sign suggest that it will be a prequel looking at the series of events that led to Marston’s jail time. Before the story of the original Red Dead Redemption, we know Marston ran in an outlaw and gunslinger gang with Dutch van der Linde, Bill Williamson and Javier Escuella, along with Abigail who would eventually become his wife and mother their two children.

Williamson seems to be part of the line-up on the promotional art for Red Dead Redemption – you can see his wonky hat quite clearly on the chap to the right of the centre.

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Strangely enough, that hat doesn’t feature on any of the riders in the actual trailer, but maybe the incident that made it wonky happened later.

What is interesting though is that there seems to be a female rider among the lineup. Her waist is narrower and the sleeves on her top seem to gather at the wrist, with was typical of feminine clothing at the time.

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That certainly looks like a female rider there on the right with her narrower waist

We’d put some money on this being Abigail Marston, who did originally run with Dutch’s gang, or at least associated with them.

Although some believe that the striped trousers on the fellow below mean he’s affiliated with a Native American tribe but it could also be a Mexican thing and this could be Javier Escuella. After all, he does have a fringed poncho-style thing on too.

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Those stripy legs and the fringed poncho... is that you Javier?

Of course, Rockstar Games will start teasing more about the game’s story as we get closer to a release date, which is under a year away.

So be patient, more news will come.

Red Dead Redemption 2 map – Where will it be set?

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The leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 map could give us an early look at where the game is set

The above image is allegedly the full Red Dead Redemption 2TechRadar map, thanks to an inside source speaking to back in April 2016. Apparently it was an art direction map for the upcoming title, but the source confirmed that the map shows the game will be set before the events of the original Redemption.

It’s the area just east of the map for the original game, which shows that you’ll be exploring a whole new area of the world, but one that’s connected to the first.

As you can see, in the bottom left-hand corner is the Great Plains, which contains the Blackwater settlement you’ll know from the original Red Dead Redemption.

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This is the map from the original Red Dead Redemption, with the sequel going from the top right-hand corner and to the east

The fact that there’s a LOT more water in the new map and a canoe seen in the teaser trailer will mean that John Marston touching a larger than average puddle won’t mean instant death.

Red Dead Redemption 2 vs GTA 5 – Will there be any similarities?

We believe that there could be two major similarities between Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5, namely:

  • multiple playable protagonists
  • a dynamic and persistent online world component

The Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer makes a big point of showing seven characters riding on horseback armed to the teeth. If this game goes the way of GTA 5, with its successful multiple protagonist gameplay feature, we could be potentially looking at these seven characters as our playable heroes.

Perhaps seven might be a little too many, but we could see it working with the big heists we’ll probably see in the game.

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The online component for Red Dead Redemption 2 could be a bit like Grand Theft Horse-o

Then there’s the online component. When Rockstar revealed the first trailer for the game, it also stated that Red Dead Redemption 2 would feature a brand new “online multiplayer experience”.

We’d be very surprised if this doesn’t mimic Rockstar’s incredibly successful GTA Online, which is the online component for GTA 5.

Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer – What did we learn?

As you’ll no doubt realise when you watch the teaser trailer above, it’s incredibly short and doesn’t actually give that much detail about the game.

At only just over a minute long, take this as more of a concept trailer than a proper Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer. It doesn’t give us any confirmed characters, a timeline or an inkling of what the story might be.

But that hasn’t stopped us from having a little snoop into Rockstar’s first teaser to see if we can eke out any hints as to what the game might entail come launch.

1. It’s going to be absolutely stunning

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Check out those god rays peeking through the trees

Even though there are no story snippets here, the trailer does make one thing abundantly clear: Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be a visual delight.

Whether it’s the myriad wildlife you can see including deer, buffalos and a tiny mouse or the dense foliage, thick grass, rays of sunshine or setting sun, it’s already looking to be a stunning game. These trailer screengrabs, of course, don’t do it justice but you just watch that trailer in full and really appreciate its beauty.

No matter what Rockstar game you play, they tend to be pushing the boundaries of what the current technology can do and GTA 5 on PS4, Xbox One and PC is certainly still one of the best looking games.

2. A greater connection with nature?

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This may be just for the trailer alone, but it looks like there’s a more realistic ecosystem in the game. By that, we mean the good old circle of life.

In the first moments of the trailer, you see a mouse climbing an ear of corn and later a racoon eats a smaller animal in the middle of a forest. There’s even the scene above where some vultures are picking on a carcass and even though a dog barks nearby, they’re too focused to be concerned by him.

There’s an abundance of wildlife in this trailer, so we think the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be more active than in the original game or the rural areas of GTA 5.

3. Different forms of transport

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The Great Iron Horse is one of the greatest technological advancements of Frontier history

Like the original RDR, it looks like horseback will be the primary form of transportation in this game. However, there are at least two other modes of transport that we noted in the trailer.

Firstly you’ve got that glorious steam train, also known as the Great Iron Horse, which we’d love to see involved with some kind of heist or other major mission.

Then there’s the horse-drawn buggy that rides past the general store, but also a canoe seen floating along a river.

4. A Native American influence

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A dreamcatcher and a canoe like this might just be signs of a Native American tale within RDR2

That canoe is also a sign that there might be a Native American element to the game’s storyline. There’s the canoe, a dreamcatcher hanging in the foreground and earlier in the footage it looks like one of the horseback heroes is wearing traditional Cherokee patterned trousers, as spotted by IGN.

Samantha Loveridge
Sam is the UK Gaming Editor at Fandom. She's been addicted to games since she first got her paws on a GameBoy and hasn't looked back.
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