Red Dead Redemption 2: Launch Trailer Revealed

Red Dead Redemption 2 is almost here. Here's the new launch trailer...

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is 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.

The studio said of the game in a press release that Red Dead Redemption 2 is “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

Here’s everything else we know:

Red Dead Redemption 2 News

The official launch trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here. In it, we see some of the game’s principal characters talk about that fabled last score, what matters most, and what it takes to survive in this world. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

The latest gameplay trailer gives us a fresh look at the sequel’s new Dead Eye system. Check it out below:

Here’s the first gameplay trailer:

This next Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer reveals a few new details about the story. Check it out below:

You can check out the first two trailers below:

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26, 2018. The game is coming to XBO and PS4.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Story

Here’s the official synopsis of the game:

America, 1899.

The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Characters

Rockstar has also taken to Twitter to share images and descriptions of some major Red Dead Redemption 2 side characters. 

The reveals are still ongoing, but here is who we’ve seen so far:

Dutch van der Linde

Hosea Matthews

Molly O’Shea

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Susan Grimshaw


Micah Bell

Charles Smith

Bill Williamson

Leopold Strauss

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Characters are still being revealed, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay 

Rockstar is showing off the many, many animals that roam around Red Dead Redemption 2‘s massive world. Over on the Rockstar website, you can get a look at some of the over 200 different types of animals you’ll find in Red Dead Redemption 2. It appears that some of these creatures play a vital part in the game’s hunting, fishing, and trapping systems, while others – such as bears, wolves, and alligators – likely offer a “kill or be killed” scenario. 

On top of that, players will be able to interact with a variety of horses that can be tamed, bonded with, and used to carry extra equipment. However, you will need to take care of your horse if you expect it to stay with you through thick and thin. 

You will also be able to play the entirety of Red Dead Redemption 2 from a first-person perspective when the game launches. 

While cutscenes will still play out from a third-person perspective, the rest of Red Dead will playable as a first-person game. Accessing that perspective is as simple as pressing a button, and the game has been modified to support a full first-person playthrough. That means that certain animations and other actions will look natural. 

It sounds like the game’s first-person mode will be similar to the one featured in GTA V, but RDR 2 has the obvious advantage of shipping with this mode included as opposed to featuring it later via an add-on.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Editions

Rockstar has revealed the special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 that will be available on release day, and they include some exclusive content.

Those that pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 will unlock the War Horse and the Outlaw Survival Kit. If you digitally pre-order the game, you’ll unlock bonus cash for the game’s story mode and a treasure map that will reveal some of the hidden items in the game. 

If you choose to splurge on the Special Edition, you will be able to access a special bank robbery mission, an additional gang hideout, a black thoroughbred horse, gameplay bonuses via wearable items, a cash bonus, a gunslinger outfit, and access to additional weapons. The Ultimate Edition comes with all of that plus more outfits, a survivor camp theme for the game’s online mode, more weapons, and an online rank bonus. 

If you’re really feeling like dropping some coin, you can spend $99.99 on the Collector’s Box and get a ton of physical goodies that include the box itself, cards, a catalog of in-game weapons, and six pins. There is also a reference to content that will be available first to PlayStation 4 owners, but Rockstar has not yet shared any details regarding that exclusive content. 

However, you can find the full details of what you get with every edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 – and where to pre-order them – via this website.  

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Version

The good news is that publisher Take-Two thinks very highly of the PC market. The bad news is that they don’t sound like they’re preparing to port Red Dead Redemption 2 to PC when it releases next year. 

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During a recent investor’s call, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff stated that “The great news is that the PC market is vibrant for us. It’s a great market for us. It’s a big market. It’s a core market in consumers that are highly engaged. It’s a predominantly digital market, which also removes friction in terms of ongoing engagement with a consumer. So, for us, the PC market as a company is very important and very exciting and something we focus on.”

That’s the great news. The bad news is that Take-Two was directly asked about the possibility of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC and CEO Strauss Zelnick responded by stating: “Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels.”

That being the case, it’s possible that Rockstar could decide to put the work in for a PC port, but it’s doubtful that it will release alongside the game’s console versions.

John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014