If HBO’s Westworld isn’t giving you enough of a gunslinger fix, let the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 serve you well. A third, new trailer for the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption reveals more of the new game’s story, which takes place at the very end of the American “Wild West.”
On Wednesday, Rockstar released the third trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, set for release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26. For the most part, the trailer makes the game look like an epic Coen Brothers period movie, but because it’s an open-world game in the style of Grand Theft Auto, it’s also got blockbuster pizzaz fitting a Michael Bay flick too. It’s not exactly There Will Be Blood meets Transformers, but the sense of scale is kind of off the charts.
The trailer also reveals the game’s time and setting of 1899 in Blackwater, confirming the game’s shared continuity with the first game released eight years ago. The trailer also confirms precisely how long before Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place before the first — set in 1911 — effectively making it a prequel. The game stars a new protagonist named Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang (Dutch’s gang, for you vets) who must escape federal agents and evade bounty hunters across the expanding America.
The game’s official synopsis teases more of the story, in which Arthur “must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.”
It’s become something of a running joke in gaming that single-player games are dying out, with the rise of multiplayer games like Overwatch, PUBG, and Fortnite racking up all the views on Twitch. But there’s still an audience eager for epic single-player experiences, and recent hits like Far Cry 5 and the God of War reboot are evidence that there’s still amazing stories waiting to be told.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox on October 26.