Rockstar has not officially revealed any details about Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay or story, but according to a new leak, there's a lot there fans will be excited about.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was recently delayed to October, and Rockstar only left fans with only a few new screenshots to look at. We've yet to have a proper gameplay trailer, or really a breakdown of what to expect come launch.
According to information received by Trusted Reviews, the game's protagonist seen in the trailer is Arthur Morgan, and the other big character is Dutch Van Der Linde, the leader of the gang.
The single-player will offer complete freedom in exploring the open world, which includes Armadillo and Ridgewood. Cities will be buzzing with NPCs, and there's going to be a Slums Market where equipment is sold at reduced prices. You'll be able to use trains to travel from certain parts of the map, and the trains themselves will act as mini-cities with unique characters and dialogue.
Other vehicles in the game include horse-drawn carriages, minecarts, and handcarts with each coming in different variants that favour speed over armour or vice versa.
Some of the side activities include playing poker, horsemanship challenges that increase your rider rank, and a deep fishing system with different baits and fish types. Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature a crafting system where you can use plants and other herbs to create various concoctions.
First-person mode, first introduced with GTA 5's release on PS4, and Xbox One, will make a return in Red Dead Redemption 2. You'll be able to use it in single-player, and multiplayer, and Dead Eye is also said to be returning. Other similarities to GTA 5 include a version of the game's Strangers and Freaks missions, which consist of random events that'll lead you down bizarre quests.
The story will branch out in different ways depending on your actions and the characters you interact with, and this will also affect the dialogue and even mission objectives. One interesting mechanic mentioned is the ability to extract information from wounded enemies in exchange for sparing their life.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online
The rumour also has a decent chunk of information about the online mode in Red Dead Redemption 2. Like GTA Online, the same open-world will be available to explore in multiplayer, but the details mention a deeper more reactive world.
The example given is that NPCs will decorate storefronts in the morning and pack everything up in the evening. Player apartments will return in the form of tents which can be bought and upgraded. Like GTA Online, completing various tasks will earn you XP, and many of the shops and NPCs in the world will offer missions/equipment.
The playlist format is returning, and the memo mentions three game modes in Battle Royale, Revive and Survive, and Money Grab. It only details the latter two, and the site is not sure how this iteration of Battle Royale is going to work within the Red Dead sandbox.
Revive and Survive is a deathmatch where two teams go against one another. You can revive fallen teammates but you only have a limited window to do so. Money Grab tasks players with securing bags of cash and returning them to base as quickly as possible.
Finally, the memo says that Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch alongside a companion app that includes "social elements" and a poker minigame.
The site says it received the information in August last year, but couldn't corroborate the details until now. Still, this is based on screenshots of the main heroes from different angles, and may not necessarily mean the rest of the details are accurate.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out October 26 on PS4, and Xbox One.