Rockstar’s follow-up to the 2010 smash hit, Red Dead Redemption, is arguably the most anticipated game of 2018. This game has a lot of expectations riding on it, but we have no doubt that Rockstar Games has some great surprises in store for us.
Red Dead Redemption brought the wild west to video game form in a hugely successful way, blending Rockstar’s open world expertise with their flair for cinematic storytelling. Red Dead Redemption 2 is posing to be no different, prettier, more bombastic, more cinematic.
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When will Red Dead Redemption 2 Release?
Red Dead Redemption 2 releases October 26, 2018, on PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version has not yet been confirmed, but it seems likely following the huge success of GTA V’s PC port. You can check out e3 2018 trailer.
Will Red Dead Redemption 2 to be on PC?
Well, as of now Rockstar Games hasn’t announced any date for PC version yet so it is impossible to state the exact date. if the game will ever going to be released on PC then Rockstar may follow the same GTA 5 pattern which means Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release date may be something around April 2020.
Is Red Dead Redemption 2 a Prequel?
There are a few things we know about Rockstar’s upcoming cowboy adventure. Firstly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, which makes sense following the ending of the last game.
What is Red Dead Redemption 2 about, Its Gameplay?
The basic premise of the game is as follows:
“America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.”
Secondly, we know (or we can be quite certain, at least) that John Marston will be making a return. The extent of his return is uncertain, however. Will he be the protagonist? Maybe. Probably not. Will he make a brief cameo, or will he play a bigger role in the story? We’re not sure yet. He’ll be in it in some way though!
We’ve also caught glimpses of what could be GTA V-style heists from the trailers, with pistol-packing cowboys robbing banks on horseback.
What else do we know?
Red Dead Redemption 2 Microtransactions and Multiplayer
Publisher Take-Two has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature microtransactions. The game is set to have a multiplayer component, which is likely going to be similar to GTA V’s massively popular multiplayer, and that’s no doubt where these microtransactions will be.
Players have expressed concern about Red Dead Redemption 2’s online features. They fear it will suffer from the same problems as GTA Online, namely cheating and hacking, an extremely shaky launch, and a focus from Rockstar on multiplayer content and DLC rather than single-player content.
Only time will tell how stable the launch of the online component will be. GTA Online launched a couple of weeks after GTA V and has plagued with technical and connectivity issues. GTA Online was Rockstar’s first experiment in merging fully-fledged, massively-multiplayer online elements with their traditional blockbuster open-world epics. The experiment was a huge success, of course, and Rockstar has no doubt learned a great deal from it.
The heist-style gameplay we saw from the trailers is almost certainly to appear in the multiplayer, which is a very promising idea indeed. How Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer will fare, we’ll have to wait and see, but it’ll be interesting to watch at the very least.
The idea of Rockstar neglecting additional single-player content in favor of multiplayer content and DLC is quite concerning, however. Some of the best content in GTA IV came from the lengthy and excellent “Stories From Liberty Cities” expansions, “The Ballad of Gay Tony” and “The Lost and The Damned”, but when GTA V rolled around and fans were expecting a similar treatment, they were left profoundly disappointed.
Red Dead Redemption’s expansion “Undead Nightmare” was another excellent piece of post-game content, so the idea that Red Dead Redemption 2 might not get anything like that is troubling. Hopefully, Rockstar has learned from fans’ disappointment and will deliver some post-release single-player content.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Preorder & Editions
Rockstar has announced the details for Red Dead Redemption 2’s various preorders. There are three editions you can buy: the Special Edition, the Ultimate Edition, and the Collector’s Box. Here’s what you get:
- Special Edition ($59.99). An exclusive bank robbery mission and gang hideout. A bunch of gameplay boosts and in-game goodies, including cash bonuses, consumable items, a racing horse, cash discounts, and more.
- Ultimate Edition ($79.99). All of the above plus rank bonuses, access to more weapons, a racing horse, and additional outfits, all for the online mode.
- Collector’s Box ($99.99). All of the above plus a shiny mystery box and a key to open it and many other physical goodies.
Each of the preorders will also include The Outlaw Survival Kit (packed with a bunch of useful goodies and Dead Eye) and a War Horse, as seen in the first game, which will have greater speed and stamina than most horses.
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