The Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer has arrived. For our first glimpse of Rockstar’s long awaited Western open-world saga, we’ve quite simply been spoiled and it goes to show just how hushed the developer has been about in-game features. The trailer acts as an introduction to what Red Dead Redemption 2 is all about and boy does it feature a whole lot.
As you’d expect from a cowboy game, the vistas cover forests, arid deserts, and snow capped mountains, and they look incredible, albeit captured in 4K. The attention to detail seen in marauding wildlife, ambient dawn fog, and shrubbery gently swaying in the wind, to name but a few, hints at a massively immersive open world. It reacts to the player’s every move, from simply strolling through a clearing littered with wild flowers and wildlife, to stomping down main street in one of the numerous outposts and towns.
The trailer reveals that each new area has an HQ of sorts in the form of a bandit base camp from which players operate. The camp is no only crucial for refuelling, but also important in forging relationships with fellow members of the gang leading to quests, mini-games, and all-round improved morale. The camp will need a steady supply of food obtained through tracking and hunting wildlife.
As for NPCs, Rockstar have clearly invested a lot of resources into creating a dynamic world where social interactions produce varied reactions and responses. Intimidation, gun-slinging, taunting, gesturing, confrontation, and more are at the player’s disposal. As has become the norm as of late in gaming, moral choice plays a role with the ability to define your own reputation.
The bond between Morgan and his horse is emphasized as well detailing how important a strong relationship is to coordinated team is in crucial moments, during work, and transport.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is clearly a game about transition. A frontier that was once a gold mine for adventurous opportunists and outlaws shifting towards being subject to the rules of law, and the growth of a nation on the way to becoming the most powerful on earth. As a lot of good stories go, the story of Arthur Morgan is about being on the run from a changing world.
To finish off, the trailer reveals a new video offering insight into missions, activities, enemies, bank heists, and more is on its way.