Rockstar Games has done little publicity for “Red Dead Redemption 2,” it doesn’t need to really as the title is easily the most anticipated game of the Fall season and the juggernaut which everyone else is trying to get out of the way of.
We do know that the game is a prequel to 2010’s “Red Dead Redemption,” putting players among the Van der Lind gang twelve years before John Marston begins that game’s quest to hunt them down. Arthur Morgan, a trusted enforcer, serves as the game’s playable character, though the original’s John Marston will also appear.
The game’s art directors Josh Bass and Aaron Garbut recently spoke with THR about the game which aims to explore the influence and life of the gang and its leader Dutch at the peak of their notoriety and right when things begin to fall apart. Bass says:
“Things are changing – there’s not much room in a rapidly modernizing world for the gang’s way of life. Through Arthur’s eyes, you see events begin to take a toll on the gang as they are forced to flee across America, while at the same time, Dutch’s hold on the gang begins to slip.”
As per usual, Rockstar has created an enormous immersive world here, one of often amazing scale and scope. Garbut says:
“We’ve aimed to capture a wide slice of American life in 1899, a rapidly industrializing nation that would soon have its sights on the world’s stage – and would do whatever possible to ‘modernize’. It’s a brutal landscape with a sordid history, but also one that’s full of opportunity. One of the most satisfying aspects of creating a world of such scope and scale is the ability to experience a whole range of stories and characters in your journey across that world. The gang’s journey and the game’s epic scope makes room to touch on all aspects of turn of the century America in a meaningful, substantial way.”
Unlike “Grand Theft Auto V,” the game sticks very much to one protagonist – and seemingly has more RPG elements than the previous title. Bass says the single character focus felt truer to the western story they are looking to tell.
Also today, Rockstar Games has released a gallery of art and descriptions of the two dozen or so major characters of the game, check that out below. “Red Dead Redemption” comes to PS4 and Xbox One on October 26th. No word on a PC release date as yet but it’s unlikely until well into 2019.