New Story Trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 Debuts New Outlaw Hero, Spring 2018 Launch

New Story Trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 Debuts New Outlaw Hero, Spring 2018 Launch

Rockstar Games takes us back to the old west.

Today Rockstar Games released a brand new story trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, giving players the best look at the upcoming sequel so far.

The trailer begins with the sequel's new hero Arthur Morgan who runs in Dutch's outlaw outfit, the same John Marston was in. While it's unclear their specific histories, Morgan seems to be a new character in the series, though still of the outlaw variety.

Morgan takes the main stage in the new trailer as a younger protagonist than John Marston, whose mother is apparently mourning the death of his father still. Expect plenty of wild west shenanigans as Morgan and Linde try to outrun the law enforcement in the west.

What surprised me the most about the new trailer is the variety of colors and environments. While it takes place in the same old west, the first Red Dead Redemption had a primary pallete of red, beige, and yellows. The new west featured in today's Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer was a bit more colorful.

Would you look at that?

Rockstar originally announced the trailer with a surprise post on Twitter that suggested fans should keep an eye out for today's date at 11AM ET for some new Red Dead Redemption 2 news. Speculation ran rampant with guesses on whether the announcement was a new trailer, gameplay video, or even a release date.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was first announced by Rockstar Games in late 2016 with a single image on Twitter, Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar's biggest release since Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013. Although Red Dead Redemption 2 was set to come out this year, Rockstar announced earlier this year that the company would be delaying the game until Spring 2018.

Considering Rockstar's track record with delaying their big release titles, Red Dead Redemption 2's delay wasn't that big of a surprise, though it certainly was disappointing. The question now is whether Red Dead Redemption 2 was delayed to complete development, add polish, or even add additional gameplay features-perhaps an online component?

Either way, Rockstar's official reasoning for the delay was that "some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans."

The first Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010 and followed ex-outlaw John Marston as he tried to settle a new life in the wild west, but the open-ended nature of the game set up the potential for numerous sequels. After today's trailer we can see that it's a little more "run from the law" than "settle down" with the pacing sure to be more urgent in the sequel.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release sometime in 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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