Red Dead Redemption 2

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Digital FoundryHow Red Dead Redemption 2 uses the power of PS4 Pro

Examining Rockstar's enhanced console debut.

Last week's Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal turned out to offer more than a look at gameplay alone - it was our first chance to check out Rockstar's first work on the enhanced consoles, the entire trailer captured in-game from the PlayStation 4 Pro build. So how is the developer using the console's hardware and based on our findings here, what should we expect from Xbox One X?

Here's our best look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay yet

Rockstar's released a new gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 and it offers the best look at the developer's open-world cowboy epic so far.

The video below (captured entirely from in-game footage on the PlayStation 4 Pro, according to Sony), shows off exploration, horse riding, shooting and fighting as well as a variety of mechanics including hunting, confrontation management and base camp life. You can talk your way out of tense situations, intimidate people, form relationships with NPCs and even groom your horse! It all looks seriously impressive.

Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out 26th October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide.

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Rockstar reassures fans over Red Dead Redemption 2's exclusive special edition story missions

Rockstar has responded to fan concerns regarding the exclusive story mission content found within the various special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2.

As revealed yesterday, 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.

Although the more expensive packages' wide array of boosts and items have raised eyebrows, most of the ire has fallen on Rockstar's decision to keep two story missions - Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout - as exclusive to Red Dead 2's Special and Ultimate Editions.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 now has October release date

Red Dead Redemption 2 now has October release date

"We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay."

Red Dead Redemption 2 will now launch on 26th October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - several months later than was previously announced.

It's a significant delay for Rockstar's Wild West sequel, which was previously pegged for a vague "Q1/Q2 2018" date. Before that, it was originally due to arrive in late 2017.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Rockstar apologised to fans waiting for the game and blamed the wait on a need for extra development time:

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FeatureRed Dead Redemption 2's state-of-the-art technology analysed

Digital Foundry on how Rockstar's RAGE engine shines on current-gen consoles.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly significant release - not just for Rockstar, but for the entire console generation. It's the first title designed from the ground up for PS4 and Xbox One, after all. Sure GTA5 received an impressive upgrade when it landed on these machines, but it was still very much rooted in last-gen technology. RDR2 goes much further, showcasing many key upgrades added to Rockstar's in-house RAGE engine.

Here's the first Red Dead Redemption 2 story trailer

Rockstar's released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 - and it reveals story information.

The game tells the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as, according to the official blurb, "they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive". That confirms Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, then - you put Dutch Van der Linde's gang down in Red Dead Redemption 1.

The video, which Sony said was captured on PlayStation 4, is heavy on cutscene and light on gameplay. There's plenty of era-appropriate dialogue, some impressive face animation and gorgeous environments.

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If you ignore the lawlessness, the poor irrigation, the ubiquity of dysentery, the backward attitudes on race and oh yes, the abominable treatment of the indigenous population, the wild west was great. Red Dead Redemption was my game of the last generation and I am very much looking forward to revisiting that world when the sequel launches next year.