Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly anticipated 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 now late-2018 release (even after its E3 no-show this year).

Here, you'll find details on the Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer - and soon after that an update with the trailer itself of course - plus Red Dead Redemption 2's new 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.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer

Well, commentated gameplay trailer that's now a Rockstar staple has arrived at last, and it's pretty great. You can watch it below, and below that we'll pick out a few highlights of note:

Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer highlights:

  • The emphasis is on depth, as much as size - Red Dead Redemption 2 is apparently going to be "deep", with more complex, rewarding systems. We didn't go into much depth on those deep systems in the trailer, mind, but we can expect more complexity to the world now, as much as we can expect it to be huge.
  • You have a base camp, and it's important - Your camp will be wear you run your gang's operations from, including where you eat, sleep and get to know other gang members.
  • Developing personal relationships is important too - Helping the camp with food and supplies keeps morale high, whilst hanging out with fellow gang members helps you learn "secrets" and go find "opportunities for mischief" with them specifically.
  • Communication is all-new - You now have about four options in the bottom right of you screen, which adapt to the situation. So it might be Aim Weapon, Diffuse, Coerce, and so on, giving you a dynamic set of options for dealing with each situation. You'll face longer-term consequences for how you deal with people, too.
  • There are more trailers coming - This is just "Part 1", apparently. The next one will feature more detail on missions and gunplay, including a new slow-mo Deadeye aiming system which looks rather cool. Exciting!

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date

We also finally have a Red Dead Redemption 2 release date - Friday, October 26th 2018 - for PS4 and Xbox One.

While a simple "Fall 2017" was originally the party line from Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 was then delayed to "spring" 2018. Rockstar then missed that too, settling for later in the year.

Rockstar had this to say:

"We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish," read a statement.

"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. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks."

Said screenshots are here:

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Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders are open at Amazon, Gamestop, and Best Buy in the US, and from Amazon, GAME, ShopTo, and GameSeek here in the UK.

Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions and PC version

Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions

We also now have news of what you can get in the various Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions and pre-order bonuses, too.

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To quote our original story on it: "The £54.99 standard edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 is joined by a £74.99 Special Edition and an £89.99 Ultimate Edition, variously containing exclusive boosts and items for story and online mode. There's also a separate £89.99 Collector's Box, featuring assorted Red Dead paraphernalia, but no game."

The £75 special edition contains:

  • Exclusive content for Story Mode - Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout
  • Dappled Black Thoroughbred: Horse and saddle available in Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode
  • Talisman and Medallion Gameplay Bonuses
  • Gameplay Boosts, Cash Bonuses and Discounts
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit: exclusive Story Mode outfit for Arthur
  • Includes Exclusive Special Edition Printed Map

The big £90 Ultimate Edition contains all of the above, plus:

  • Bonus outfits
  • Black Chestnut Thoroughbred horse
  • Survivor Camp Theme
  • Additional Weapons
  • Rank Bonuses to level up faster online

Finally, there's the Collector's Box - which is literally a box you can buy separately with some stuff in, but not the game itself:

  • Metal Tithing Box with Lock amd Key
  • Collectable Challenge Coin
  • Double Sided Puzzle
  • Six Shooter Bandana
  • Treasure Map
  • Playing Cards
  • Pin Set
  • Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue
  • 12 Cigarette Cards

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC version - is it coming?

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.

Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers - every video of the game so far

We dud let's start with the most recent. An early May, 2018 trailer is the latest - but it still doesn't include any actual gameplay just yet, or that lovely voiceover style trailer that we got for GTA V (and are all looking forward to for Red Dead 2).

Previously, a teaser for September 28th revealed a new story trailer for the game, showing off new locations and characters, and confirming it will be focused on Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. Give it a watch:

In late 2017, the game's reveal trailer released by Rockstar during Red Dead Redemption 2's three-day tease last year showed the game's first details:

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.

Oh and after announcing the game's delay to 2018, Rockstar also released a few concilliatory - and beautiful - new Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - map leak, returning characters, rumours and what we know

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:

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Here's the originally leaked map. (click to expand them)
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And here's a clearer fan-made version with the Red Dead Redemption map added for context.
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Could this be a young John Marston? Seems like that's a yes...
  • 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 are bound to return - 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. A second trailer confirmed it will centre around Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. 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.

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