As promised, Rockstar Games lifted the lid on Red Dead Redemption 2’s (RDR 2) gameplay with the Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Gameplay Trailer. While the company did not state what platform the game was played on, it may possibly be the PS4 Pro version of the game considering Red Dead Redemption 2’s marketing is done in partnership with Sony. The Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay was completely captured in-game at 4K and did a fantastic job of showing off what you can expect when the game hits with slick lighting, effects, and highly-detailed character models backed up by fluid animations and convincing voice acting.
Your gang is important. So much so that that the gang has to rob, steal and fight across America in order to survive. As divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur [Morgan] must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him. You can take on missions for the gang or share your loot with them or simply hang around for some added exposition. Not all gang interactions are mandatory though, so if you prefer doing your own thing, you can go ahead and do that too. Furthermore, you can talk your way out of or into trouble as well as earn the respect or hatred of the game’s many non-playable characters (NPCs) which could impact its plot.
As for the combat itself, expect gunplay to evolve in Red Dead Redemption 2. Since this is the Wild West, a lot of it has you using a revolver and this time around Rockstar is intent on making it feel involved. Holding the trigger on the controller raises your revolver’s hammer and letting it go allows you to fire a shot. Mashing it fans the hammer allowing for multiple shots. You can also fire an entire magazine without Dead Eye — the series’ take on slow-mo shooting. Weapons can be customised and upgraded and while you carry a few guns on your person accessible via a weapon wheel, a bulk of your heavy arsenal is stored on your horse. You can check out the trailer for yourself below. Don’t expect this to be a one-off either. Rockstar Games has stated that the next one would focus on the game’s missions and specific combat aspects.
So far, Rockstar hasn’t confirmed a PC version of RDR 2, though it’s reportedly in the works. Safe to say we could see one after the PS4 and Xbox One versions, perhaps a year or two down the line. If you want to play RDR 2 at launch, you’ll want a PS4 or Xbox One and be prepared to pay Rs. 4,000 (or $60 in the US) for the privilege as well. The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is October 26.