Ever since Rockstar Games announced an official fall 2017 release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 just a mere two days ago, we’ve been dying to get our hands on any information about the sequel (or, possibly, prequel) to the original stunning western action-adventure video game.
Thankfully, Rockstar didn’t make us wait too long, and released a minute-long teaser trailer Thursday for the latest installment in the Red Dead series. And hot damn, is it going to be an agonizing wait until next year’s release (barring any delays, that is).
While the content for the trailer is decidedly lacking in thrills—it’s mostly just short clips of the beautifully rendered, rugged terrain and scenery of the Old West—we finally get a glimpse in the last few moments of our new cast of outlaws, bandits, and everything in between. “Listen to me,” an anonymous voice says in the trailer. “When the time comes, you’ve got to run and don’t look back. This is over.”
We’re not sure what they’re running from, but we do know there’s plenty to watch out for in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s “vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience,” according to a press release from Rockstar. Aside from that, there have been very few details released about the storyline or characters we can expect.
There are, however, a few unmistakable similarities lying around in recent film and television. The poster for the game is undeniably reminiscent of The Magnificent 7, leaving us to speculate that the game might feature multiple protagonists, similar to Grand Theft Auto V. We also can’t help but see obvious connections to HBO’s new series, Westworld, whether it be Teddy’s striking similarity to the protagonist from the original Red Dead Redemption—John Marston and James Marsden? C’mon.—or the sweeping scenic shots of the high mountain desert. It’s no surprise, then, that Westworld executive producers Jonathan and Lisa Joy Nolan revealed at New York’s Comic Con panel that they drew inspiration from Red Dead Redemption and Rockstar’s other open-world games like GTA. What’s perhaps most exciting is that if the game does indeed get released on schedule in late 2017, the timing will match up perfectly with the planned premiere date of the second season of Westworld.
What we do know for sure, however, is that the game will feature a single player story mode, as well a “brand new online multiplayer experience,” which will most likely build off of components like “posses” and gang shootouts from the previous game. Red Dead 2 is slated for a fall 2017 release on the Playstation 4 and the XBOX One, with no plans to release a version for PC users.
We guarantee that once Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally released you’re going to want to stay up all night getting through the game’s story mode, but even gaming superstar Michael “Flamesword” Chaves knows that sleep is essential to staying on top of your game. In the meantime, you’ll want to be stocked up on all of the best gaming accessories, including these best gaming headsets of 2016.