Red Dead Redemption 2: What We Know About Rockstar Games' Next GTA 5 Wannabe

Yves Amodia
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Red Dead Redemption 2 is surely going to represent a big comeback for Rockstar Games. The much-awaited title will be the gaming studio’s first release after the massive success of GTA 5 in 2013. The bar of expectations will certainly be high for RDR2, considering that Grand Theft Auto 5 has earned more than $6 billion since its release.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Setting and Plot

Red Dead Redemption 2 will serve as a prequel to the first game. Set 12 years before the events of its predecessor, it will be about a robbery-gone-wrong and will be how the gang has to confront other gangs and law authorities, according to Game Spot. This is especially interesting as it is set around the time when the Wild West era is about to end.


With regards to the gameplay, it looks like the core mechanics from the first game is carried over. Everything else received major improvements. The wildlife in the game, for example, is smarter and live within their ecosystems.

Most importantly, the new Red Dead Redemption 2 will offer an online multiplayer platform. If reports are to be believed, the platform will have a battle royale mode.


The main protagonist of RDR2 is Arthur Morgan. He is the right-hand man of Dutch so he will be in charge of everything in the gang. Among the members of the gang is John Marston, who is the protagonist of the original game.

Pricing and Release Date

RDR2 will be officially released starting on Friday, October 26. If buyers want to avail of the collector’s edition of the title, they will just have to pay $80. In the package, buyers will have a copy of the game, a physical map, weapons, and several special missions.

The Ultimate Edition and the Collector’s Box can be availed of for $100. These packages will have DLC items and special collector’s items.

What Rockstar Games Can Expect

Rockstar Games is definitely not expecting Red Dead Redemption 2 to have the level of strong sales that the Grand Theft Auto 5 had. But if RDR2 could reach even a tenth of the earnings of GTA 5, it would already be a massive success for the game studio. The upcoming title is just not lucky that it followed Grand Theft Auto 5 so the benchmark is so high.

RDR2 Demo and Trailers

So far, three trailers have been unveiled. These clips showed the various locales, Arthur Morgan’s dedication to his job and the gang’s work.

The sequel to the Red Dead Redemption has also already been shown through demos in closed-door presentations. In these events, live demos are shown to select people. One such event was done during the 2018 GME Conference in Indianapolis, according to Econo Times. The clip received a mixed reception though there were a lot of positive notices.

Expected Comparisons to GTA 5

As far as game franchises go, Rockstar Games clearly wants RDR2 to lay the foundation for another successful series. The new title could be the test that will say whether Rockstar Games can handle another huge franchise and still impress critics.

Could RDR2 reach the level of sales that GTA 5 achieved? Which of the rumored features and details of the Red Dead Redemption 2 are you most excited for? Let us know by posting a comment below this article.

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