Rockstar officially announced the eventual release of a second Red Dead Redemption in October 2016. Arthur Morgan, the protagonist and senior outlaw in Dutch Van Der Linde's gang will look to ensure fans' patience has been worthwhile! Fans have been eagerly anticipating its release, clutching at new features and game updates, as well as speculating on particular developments within Red Dead Redemption 2. Its release is so close, but I'm sure we can all agree, it seems so far!
Rockstar have gone to vast lengths to drive the sales of RDR2. Their Special and Ultimate Editions contain exclusive items for online and story modes at a price of £74.99 and £89.99, respectively. Rockstar attempted to engage fans through their inclusion of the Stone Hatchet, accompanied by the Double Revolver. This item has also featured in Rockstar's GTA V after it was uncovered by Dataminers, and its announcement led to a wave of wobblin' jaws on the Internet! They also revealed through a social media post that they opted to extend the Treasure Map Bonus promotion with any digital pre-order, and even employing the support of popular Rockstar title GTA V to encourage their gamers to purchase RDR2.
Real cowboys are the ones who aren't afraid to get dirty...
Unlike previous Rockstar titles, RDR2 provides gamers with a different feel. Consequence is a major theme, and decisions gamers make during gameplay may come back to haunt them. RDR2 will definitely force gamers to think strategically whilst simultaneously providing a nail-biting complex narrative; a major part of the Rockstar's attempts to develop the game's Role-Playing-Gaming element.
Aside from their action-packed chaotic nature, Rockstar are iconic for their in-depth narratives. In the first RDR, gamers followed John Marston's narrative; former outlaw looking to settle down and lead a quiet life. Corrupt government officials give John an ultimatum: capture former friends, and gang members Bill Williamson and Dutch, or his freedom and his family's safety. RDR2 is sure to provide one of the greatest narratives yet. Set in 1899, it features an infant John Marston with his mother Abigail within. Dutch is the leader of the gang, where members stay in his camp. It is believed that the members of the gang have been adopted by Dutch; the theme of family is therefore central to the game. Gameplay is centred around the gang, likewise, characters play cards, drink in saloons, and hunt together; it is almost as though the gang is a human group! Essentially, the development of your outlaw family is integral to your success.
Those of you that have seen the official trailer will have noticed, or not, the presence of children. Whether this will prove to be controversial is unknown. What we do know however, is that these developments are indicative of the realistic and immersive experience Rockstar wants to offer to their gamers.
Dying ain't much of a living, boy...
The GTA and the RDR series' both use the same game engine, where gameplay, including hand-to-hand combat, will be consistent. The Deadeye targeting system has also been continued, but Rockstar have introduced the ability to communicate during combat, intimidate witnesses, and even de-escalate any potential dramas. It's sure to be a hog-killin' time!
Rockstar have done an amazing job with the level of detail of the RDR2 landscape. A new level of depth means building a solid relationship with your steed where it requires feeding and grooming, as well as managing your steed temperament to fear and terrain. This has to be the most extensive map ever produced by Rockstar. Your gang will run their operations from your base camp, but from time to time your camp will need to relocate in order to evade law enforcement.
With the game's release imminent, it's sure to be a big one. Rockstar's gameplay trailers, teasers and promotional releases have truly left fans on the edge of their seats. Despite Rockstar's E3 no-show, I think it's safe to say that this will be one of the biggest releases of 2018. Time to leave work and go back to the future?!