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.

Tagged with 2K Games, News, PlayStation 4, Rockstar Games, Xbox One.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

No Downside to Releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, Take-Two CEO Says

Strauss Zelnick is taking a different approach to questions about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.

"Today's Digital Entertainment Ecosystem Is an Online Gauntlet for Children"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A Republican senator's loot box and pay-to-win legislation has the support of Democrats and the industry shows itself in various states of preparation for the coming fight.

Some Red Dead Online Players Can't Play Poker Due To Regional Gambling Regulations

Forced to watch everyone else have all the fun at the poker table.

Red Dead Online Poker - Private Game, Tips to Win, Matchmaking

Poker has now been added to Red Dead Online. Here’s everything you need to know.

Red Dead Online is Officially Out of Beta, Rockstar Confirms

Today's update brings the Western experience into a new frontier.

More News

New Areas Uncovered in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening E3 Demo

Check out the Tal Tal Heights and more in a new Link's Awakening demo video.

Capcom Still Wants to Make New IP, Even as Established Franchises Find New Life

Capcom hasn't given up on new franchises, but older ones are doing better than ever.

Yakuza: Kenzan Could Be Suitable for a Kiwami-Style Remake, Producer Says

The never-before-localized Yakuza spinoff could make it to the west if remade.

More on PlayStation 4

FIFA 19 Best Young Players With Highest Potential Under 21

In this FIFA 19 Potential guide, we detail the best young FIFA 19 players you can buy in the FIFA 19 Career Mode.

The Sims 4 Cheats: How to Use Cheats, Cheats List, Money, Relationship Cheats - All Sims 4 Cheats for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4

The Sims 4 is a ton of fun as is, but can be made even better by using Cheats. Here’s a full list of The Sims 4 Cheats.

NBA 2K19 Ads - Can You Skip Ads in NBA 2K19?

Here's how you can avoid the new unskippable ads in NBA 2K19.

Crash Team Racing Online: Private Matches, Battle Mode, Friends Menu

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled brings online to the Crash universe for the first time. Here’s everything you need to know.

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled: Mystery Caves CTR Locations

If you want to 100 percent Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled you’ll need to find all of the CTR collectables for each stage. Here’s where to find them in Mystery Caves.

Capcom Still Wants to Make New IP, Even as Established Franchises Find New Life

Capcom hasn't given up on new franchises, but older ones are doing better than ever.

Yakuza: Kenzan Could Be Suitable for a Kiwami-Style Remake, Producer Says

The never-before-localized Yakuza spinoff could make it to the west if remade.