Red Dead Redemption 2 is a highly-anticipated sequel to the blockbuster open-world, Western RPG Red Dead Redemption that follows a nameless gang of cowboys in a rural, aged setting of saloons and shootouts. Developed by Rockstar, the game’s release date for its platforms, PS4 and Xbox One, was delayed until Spring of 2018.
Little official information about the game has been disclosed, but we’ve collected together what we know so far.
What We Know:
Rockstar has released a single teaser trailer:
The developers have also released a number of in-game screenshots to help fans cope with the delay of the release. We’ve also learned that the visually-stunning graphics of this new RPG dwarf that of the original 2010 release.
The first game was set between 1911 and 1915, and even then the modern world was still slowly breaching into the desert wastelands of the Wild West. The trailer features rickety old horse-drawn carriage and aged local stores, implying that the game could be set years or even decades before the first, like around when the Gold Rush of the 1850s took America by storm.
We also noticed that, at the very end of the trailer, the hero shot showed a gang of thugs. This could be Dutch van Der Lin’s crew, who could be at the center of the storyline. Similar to how GTA 5 played out parallel stories for each of the main characters, we may see each of these misfits playing their own role to influence the story. Now that’s detailed.
A screenshot of the map leaked on NeoGaf early last year shows some of the important locations in the game’s environment too.
This screenshot reveals caravan sites and less-populated areas in the Old West than in the original game, more evidence pointing towards the idea that this title is set before the first one was, when people were just beginning to settle in the area.
We also learned at the Take-Two telecom conference that the game will not offer VR support, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnik.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming out in Q2 of 2018 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC after Rockstar announced a delay in their development. The original release date was set to be in late 2017.
CFO Alain Martinez commented on the delay, saying “Clearly the fact that there is no Red Dead Redemption  is a positive for our fiscal year 2018,” he said. “This is something that we had taken into our [financial] assumptions. So the absence of that game is of course giving us a better window for the launch of some of our games.”
The fiscal Q2 sales on Ubisoft’s earning report increased 34%, largely due to the Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the third DLC of For Honor, and the release of Rainbow Six: Siege in Hong Kong. To keep growth sustainable and steady, the game releasing in Q2 2018 allows Ubisoft to space out important announcements and game releases to prevent a lull in growth and keep investors happy.