Rockstar Games have finally released the first gameplay trailer for the hotly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2.
Though the initial, tantalising trailer for the game dropped earlier this year, fans have been craving shots of actual gameplay ever since the announcement of the game.
Up until now, Rockstar have only teased fans with a few cinematic trailers, which have focussed on setting up the story of the game, namely the tales of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang.
However, the games company confirmed fans will get to see actual gameplay in a tweet yesterday, August 8, simply giving the time and date for the release of the official gameplay trailer.
And here it is:
In the past, the game’s company has teased that Red Dead Redemption 2 will offer ‘incredible emotional depth’, ‘great story elements’ and ‘great gameplay elements’.
They have also suggested the sequel will have a bigger focus on multiplayer, though it’s not yet clear how that will be incorporated in the game.
Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption‘s sequel back in February this year, again via Twitter, with a post simply saying ‘Red Dead Redemption 2 is Coming October 26th 2018’.
The sequel has been long overdue since the debut of 2010’s seminal masterpiece Red Dead Redemption on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
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.
The release and subsequent success of Red Dead Redemption in 2010 was a pivotal moment for Rockstar, as it proved once and for all they didn’t need to rely on the huge achievement of Grand Theft Auto to thrive as a company.
Talking about the new game, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take Two Interactive, 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.
Only a couple months to wait for the real thing now!
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.