A new long-awaited trailer for the longer-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here and yeah… it looks sick.
The sequel has been long overdue since the debut of 2010’s seminal masterpiece Red Dead Redemption on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The announcement was made back in February via Rockstar Games’ official Twitter account with a post simply saying ‘Red Dead Redemption 2 is Coming October 26th 2018’.
A press release at the time said:
We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.
We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.
You can watch the trailer right here:
2010’s Red Dead Redemption was a pivotal moment for Rockstar as it proved they didn’t need to rely on the success of GTA to thrive as a company. While initial impressions would mark Red Dead Redemption as a GTA clone set in the American frontier the reality was it was much more than that.
Other than pulling off the usual Wild West outlaw antics like robbing banks, getting into shootouts, crossing the border to Mexico and rigging poker games, Red Dead provided gamers with the full cowboy experience such as herding cattle and breaking wild horses. Micromanaging at its finest.
Wow, that Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is pure HYPE. 🔥
— Sammy Barker (@_get2sammyb) May 2, 2018
And its incredible gameplay revolved around one of the most memorable, and perhaps tragic, video game characters ever in John Marston with a story so powerful and an ending so sobering and cathartic that you have to sit back and applaud once the credits finish rolling.
Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told Game Rant last year:
We support all of our releases very significantly. We’re incredibly proud of our marketing teams throughout the company and our support is quite significant for all of our releases…I think you should expect to see, with regard to all of our releases, very significant marketing support.
I don’t think there is any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases, apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So I think the success of [Red Dead Redemption 2], which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality, and I think that the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on 26 October 2018.