Open worlds have been a staple of gaming for a long time, but recent titles like Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn have significantly pushed the boundaries of what players expect from their environments. Rockstar, of Grand Theft Auto fame, is ...
Captured entirely from in-game footage, Rockstar Games has offered a first 4K look at Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay.
The six-minute trailer is so luscious the gameplay scenes could be mistaken for cut-scenes, and the storytelling and day-to-day life elements of the sequel are accentuated in it.
The game is set in the late 1800s as new immigrants reach America and civilisation spreads, the age of outlaws coming to an end and modern America being born.
Traversing everything from "harsh mountain trails and dense forests to untamed swamplands and sweeping deserts, rugged livestock towns to modernising cities and much more," protagonist Arthur Morgan and his band of outlaws will try and stamp out a life in a crime profession that's fast becoming extinct.
(Rockstar Games)The trailer emphasises the importance of setting up camps, where you eat, sleep, perform chores, play games and share stories. Where maintaining food and supplies is important in keeping morale high and spending time with gang members leads to missions and mischief. The bond with your horse, which you can sling weapons, supplies, and carcasses from a hunt over, is apparently crucial and changes over time.
With RDR2, Rockstar seems to be trying to get away from the 'shoot on sight' style of gameplay first-person shooters are known for, and instead the player might choose to intimidate, escalate or diffuse a situation, threaten a passerby or flattering them about their horse. "[It] aims to create a living world that's not simply open, but deeper."
Further gameplay trailers have been promised by Rockstar, which will detail missions, activities like fishing, enemy gangs, robberies, other things to do, and the overhauled sharpshooting system.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on 26 October on Xbox One and PS4 and is available for pre-order now.
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