Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly anticipated sequel - or prequel - to Rockstar's last-gen hit Red Dead Redemption, is finally coming.
It looks set to be a big one - Rockstar's announcement tease last year practically set Twitter on fire - and so we've rounded up everything we know about the game to keep you as informed as possible ahead of its 2017 release.
Here, you'll find details on Red Dead Redemption 2's release date, whether or not there's been any news of a PC version, a look at the leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 map, trailer, and rumored characters and locations.
Red Dead Redemption 2 official reveal trailer
There's just the one trailer doing the rounds at the moment: the reveal trailer released by Rockstar during Red Dead Redemption 2's three-day tease last year.
Details - in terms of the specific location in the Wild West, the exact era before or after the events of Red Dead Redemption, and the names of characters included - are pretty sparse here. But there are a few things we learned from the little info that we have.
We've broken down everything we can glean from the trailer, and the other little bits of info we have, in the section below.
Red Dead Redemption 2 - map leak, returning characters, rumours and what we know so far
Thankfully, it's not just the above trailer that we have to go on. Alongside that there were a couple of alleged leaks - specifically, and most significantly, one which appears to be a map of the Red Dead Redemption 2 game world. Combined with the trailer, this suggests a few things:
- Red Dead Redemption 2 appears to be a prequel, not a sequel - firstly, there's a significant overlap with the region of Blackwater featured in the first Red Dead Redemption, however crucially it's missing a railway on the new map, when other areas on it have one. That suggests things are taking place earlier in time, with rail travel still to expand westwards to the Frontier. Second, and following on from that point, it's placed further to the East, which makes historical sense seeing as the Wild West's frontier would have been less advanced at an earlier point in time.
- Certain characters from Red Dead Redemption may return - that's largely speculation at this point, but due to the game seemingly being set earlier than Red Dead Redemption, there are some who are suspecting one of those cowboys at the end of the trailer is a certain Bill Williamson. Likewise, the group at the end of the trailer could represent the entirety of Marston's old gang, with the likes of Dutch van der Linde, Williamson, Javier Escuella and potentially cowboy relic Landon Ricketts making appearances. Rockstar also have history with referencing old protagonists in various points of their Grand Theft Auto series, so we can expect at least a cameo or hint at John Marston himself, if not full-blown appearance.
- A recreaton of New Orleans looks likely - a new area on the map is labelled as New Bordeaux, and it's placed in a fairly representational position to that of New Orleans here in the real world. 2K, the publisher of Red Dead Redemption 2, also published a game which saw New Orleans fictionally recreated in Mafia 3, so this seems pretty nailed on.
- There are plenty of places to see - Towns, settlements, caravan camps, gang hideouts, landmarks, homesteads, robbery locations, ranches, dams, coves, cabins and even a prison are marked on the map. The Tall Trees and Great Plains areas also seem set to return according to the leak. This all matches up with the kind of varied environments we see in the trailer, including what looks like a There Will Be Blood-style burning oil well. Will controlling oil play a part in the story?
- The Grizzlies may be an introductory area - similarly to the area of Armadillo in Red Dead Redemption, the map seems to mark The Grizzlies, in the North, as a kind of pseudo-tutorial intro zone for the game's opening.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC, PS4 and Xbox One release date, price, and pre-order
Unfortunately for PC players, there's been no noise out of Rockstar so far with anything on a PC release. It's a strange one. Red Dead Redemption still hasn't released on PC itself - although you can play it there via PlayStation Now subscription - whilst Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar's most recent major title, released late on PC but to enormous commercial success.
The expectation - and hope - is that Rockstar will follow the GTA model, rather than the Red Dead model, for releasing on PC after the console versions have had a little time breath.How to fix worn PS4 thumbsticks A simple upgrade - using Xbox One parts.
Likewise, there's no set release date yet for Red Dead Redemption 2, with a simple "Fall 2017" being the party line from Rockstar. As an example, GTA V released on September 17 and, with that falling in line with a "Fall" schedule, we could see Rockstar lining those dates up - although this is all loosely educated guesswork from here.