Then again, Rockstar Games isn’t too keen on telling hero stories. Here’s the new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. It stars a new character named Arthur Morgan, but centers around a gang we all know well – Dutch’s Gang.

As expected, it looks fantastic. And based on the iffy ground textures near the beginning, we’re looking at an in-game trailer. But the character faces look incredible. Muddy looking ground textures is a tradeoff I’ll happily take.

Here’s how Rockstar describes the second trailer.

“The all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive. Coming Spring 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.”

The Van der Linde gang is named after Dutch van der Linde, hence Dutch’s Gang. We know John Marston and the man he was chasing in the first Red Dead Redemption, Bill Williamson, were part of Dutch’s Gang. And since Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel story, it stands to reason we’ll see Marston and Williamson again.

I’m glad Rockstar went with an entirely new character. It’s too easy to go the Marston route. Plus, it hampers what the devs can do with the story. We already know how Marston’s story ends. Anything done in Red Dead Redemption 2 has to ultimately steer him into the path of the first game. We might still see how Marston’s story plays out, but it won’t be the focal point.

Still no specific date from Rockstar outside of Spring. And remember, Spring doesn’t start until March 20. We’ve seen the devs parent company (Take-Two) release big games in Spring before with GTA IV on April 29, 2008. A late April/May release seems like a good bet.

And for any games looking at a similar release date, you might as well look somewhere else. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be one of 2018’s biggest games of the year. Now we wait to see how Rockstar Games handles multiplayer. We know microtransactions will be a thing based on the truckloads of money GTA Online brings in. The question is, how bad/good will they be?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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