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Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date, Pre-Order Bonuses, Special Editions, Trailers, Characters, PC Version - Everything we Know

Red Red Redemption 2 is hotly anticipated and right on the horizon, and in this guide we've got all the details you need on the upcoming game, including the Red Dead 2 release date, gameplay, characters, and more details.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be one of, if not the biggest, game of 2018. In this complete Red Dead Redemption 2 everything we know guide, we'll be detailing all the information we can piece together surrounding the upcoming western by Rockstar Games so far, including the eventual Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, a potential Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port, as well as additional details, like the recently revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses, the complete list of Red Dead Redemption 2 special editions, as well as whether or not the iconic John Marston will be returning.

If you're still playing Red Dead Redemption or are starting it for the first time, we've got all the Red Dead Redemption cheats you'll need. We'd definitely recommend giving it a go if you're entirely new to the Red Dead series, as the game holds up really well on the previous generation of consoles, and has even been enhanced for the Xbox One X, so you can play the original Red Dead Redemption in 4K.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date - PS4 and Xbox One

Rockstar has announced that the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is October 26, 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One. Announced on the offical Rockstar site, the date came with a small update on the game:

"We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish," reads the post.

"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."

Red Dead Redemption 2 New Trailer

On Wednesday, May 2, Rockstar released the brand new Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer that you can see for yourself just below:

In the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, we can see various gangs and new characters talking in front of stunning backdrops, all at the very end of the era of the outlaw. It looks fairly likely that Red Dead 2 will feature heists, if the various hold ups throughout the trailer are anything to go by.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Editions and Bonus Content

Red Dead Redemption 2 will release in three editions: normal, Special, and Ultimate. There's even a big box of collectable Red Dead 2 stuff being launched alongside the game itself. We've detailed what you'll get with each on our Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order guide page.

Is John Marston in Red Dead Redemption 2?

Interestingly enough, we didn't actually know for certain whether John Marston, playable protagonist in the original Red Dead Redemption, would be returning as part of the sequel game. However if you freeze the trailer released on May 2, 2018 on the character taken hostage, you'll find he looks basically identical to John Marston, down to the very scars on his face.

Could we be seeing any other returning characters from the original Red Dead Redemption as their younger selves? We'll have to wait until October 2018 to find out for sure.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Box Art

The Red Dead Redemption 2 box art seen just below has been circulating online since the latest trailer for the game launched on May 2, 2018. However there's been no word from Rockstar as to whether the box art is in fact real or not, so take the potential image below with a grain of salt.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Box art

With Red Dead Redemption 2 now with an official October 2018 release date, maybe now is the time to pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 or Xbox One. We've got pre-order links for Amazon just below, for both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

A bunch of impressive new Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots were also released, which we've got for you below. While Rockstar is yet to reveal much info on the game, you can't say that it doesn't look very impressive.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

Rockstar released trailer no. 2 for Red Dead Redemption on September 28, which you can see for yourself just below. It looks like we'll be playing as outlaw Arthur, when Red Dead Redemption 2 eventually releases.

Playable protagonist Arthur Morgan is actually a member of Dutch's gang, and we won't be playing as John Marston, as people had previously speculated. There's a heavy emphasis on the story of the gang in the trailer, and we can see a train heist and hunting with a conventional bow and arrow taking place.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Battle Royale Mode Rumors

Trusted Reviews were the recipients of some Red Dead Redemption 2 development notes, reportedly straight from Rockstar, surrounding several new features about the upcoming game. Firstly, Trusted Reviews reports that there will be a 'battle royale' mode in the online portion of the game, as well as 'Revive and Survive', and 'Money Grab' modes.

The Revive and Survive mode pits two teams against each other, and you'll have a limited amount of time to revive your teammates before they're gone for good. In Money Grab, two teams will fight other a stash of gold in the middle of a map, attempting to return it to their base as quickly as possible.

Outside of the aforementioned online game modes, the site also reports that fishing, crafting, and hunting wildlife will also feature in the single-player campaign of Red Dead Redemption 2. The Eagle Eye feature from the original Red Dead Redemption will make a return, but you'll also be able to play the entire campaign in either first or third person, not unlike Grand Theft Auto V, albeit a few years after launch through an update.

Why Was Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now due for release in October 2018, delayed from its spring 2018 date. According to Rockstar the reason for the delay is simple: "While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish."

Rockstar had this to say on the reason for Red Dead Redemption 2's original delay: "This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans."

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

Red Dead Redemption 2 Wild West Setting and Characters

While the gameplay trailer didn't reveal too many details about the actual intricacies of Red Dead Redemption 2, it did reveal that there would be a gang of seven cowboys featured in the game. Whether these characters are actually the heroes or villains of the story is unknown right now.

As you can probably imagine, these seven silhouetted character images first revealed in the second teaser image posted to the Rockstar Game twitter account prompted massive amounts of speculation. Some have suggested that these characters are the members of John Marston's former gang, with the main character from Red Dead Redemption returning once again as the protagonist, through the sequel actually being a prequel.

This speculation is rooted in fans claiming that the three central characters in the image could be John Marston, Dutch van der Linde, and Bill Williamson, all of which were key characters in Red Dead Redemption. Should this speculation be true, the other characters in the image would be Jack Swift, Red Harlow, Landon Ricketts, and Shadow Wolf.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Debut Reveal Trailer

The first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 was released by the Rockstar Games twitter account just two days after the logo for the company was posted in red online, leading to speculation of a sequel to Red Dead Redemption.

While the trailer doesn't give away too much about what players can expect to be doing in Red Dead Redemption 2, it did reveal a few tiny details. It's possible that travelling by boat will be a feature in the game, as we see two characters commandeering a small canoe, and we can also see a horse with an animal carcass on its back, possibly revealing this to be a feature in the final game.

The debut reveal trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 was posted to the official Rockstar Games YouTube account on October 20, 2016, and currently sits at just over 15 million views in total. While YouTube views aren't a sure-fire sign of success, there's definitely a lot of hype building about Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC - Will Rockstar Bring it to PC?

Rockstar Games has been particularly quiet on the possibility of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC. Recently in June, our sister site VG247 reported on a LinkedIn profile for a Rockstar developer, which appeared to reveal that the upcoming western game is in fact coming to PC.

The LinkedIn profile for the Rockstar developer doesn't actually reveal when Red Dead Redemption 2 will be launching on the PC, and it's entirely possible that it could be launching after the console release in October 2018, just like Rockstar did with GTA 5. We'll make sure to keep this section of our guide updated with more information, as it becomes available.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on Switch?

If you're hoping for a surprise Red Dead Redemption 2 Switch announcement, you should temper those expectations somewhat. While Rockstar has shown some support for the Switch, releasing a port of LA Noire in November 2017, the chances of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to Switch are slim to none. LA Noire was built for PS3 and Xbox 360, which the Switch is more than capable of matching. Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to push the PS4 and Xbox One to their limits, so a port would be a huge challenge and would likely struggle to live up to Rockstar's vision.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay

Like we previously stated, nothing whatsoever has been shown in relation to gameplay footage for Red Dead Redemption 2, with the only promotional material being the few images and the two short trailers that Rockstar Games has released.

Windows Central claimed that this would all change in the weeks leading up to E3 2017, with Microsoft planning to partner up with Rockstar Games to show Red Dead Redemption 2 running on the Xbox One X, which is due for release near the end of 2017.

This rumor didn't materialize, with E3 2017 now already feeling like a distant memory. With Rockstar finally giving us an October 2018 release date for Red Dead Redemption 2, surely the first proper gameplay footage can't be far off, can it?

Play Red Dead Redemption in 4K

While you wait for the October release of Red Dead Redemption 2, you could do a lot worse than play through the original game on Xbox One X in 4K. Thanks to a new update for the game, Xbox One X owners can play the Xbox 360 version of Red Dead Redemption in 4K (or downsampled to 1080p if you don't have a 4K TV). This makes the game look really rather excellent, so if you're looking to play the game for the first time or want a refresh ahead of the sequel, now's a great time to do so.

Make sure to bookmark this page, as we'll be adding information on Red Dead Redemption 2 as soon as it becomes available. With the game now confirmed for an October 2018 release, expect a steady trickle of information over the year.

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