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Red Dead Redemption 2 is riding onto PS4 and Xbox One this year

After years of sandbox silence, Rockstar is finally saddling up for another epic, open-world Western. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases Fall 2017, and its lone trailer already points to a gorgeous game that once again taps into the rough yet romantic charm of the Old West. This cowboy follow-up has some pretty big spurs to fill, of course. The original Redemption is one of the most beloved games of all time. No pressure, guys.

While concrete details are still few and far between, there are plenty of nuggets buried away in the Red Dead 2 trailer that give hints towards when the game takes place and new forms of old timey travel. With GTA Online casting such a long (insanely profitable) shadow, Red Dead 2’s promised multiplayer will be looking to make a lasting impact. All we currently know is PS4 players will get access to “select online content first”, but other than that there’s no indication whether Red Dead 2’s online will be seamlessly woven around its campaign or not. At any rate, it’s time to dust off that six-shooter and buckle up, partner. This is going to be another epic ride. 

Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is set for Fall 2017

Barring any nasty delays, you should be playing Rockstar’s sandbox sequel next holiday season. The Red Dead 2 release date is set for Fall 2017, with PS4 and Xbox One the only two currently listed formats. Rockstar has a reasonable record of making good on promised release dates, though both GTA 4 and GTA 5 slipped by a few months. Red Dead Redemption 2 has clearly been in development for years, though, so here’s hoping we’ll see Rockstar’s latest open-world Western by October/November 2017 at the latest.

If Max Payne 3 and GTA 5 are anything to go by, we should also get a PC version at some point in the (depressingly far off) future. We had to wait over six months to play Trevor and co’s sociopathic sandbox on our rigs, so if a Red Dead 2 PC port does happen, don’t expect it before summer 2018. As for beefed-up console versions, PS4 Pro support for Red Dead 2 seems a certainty. With Project Scorpio also due out by holiday season 2017, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a 4K-friendly version of the upcoming cowboy classic pop up on Microsoft’s semi-next-gen Xbox. Either way, at least the vanilla PS4 and Xbox One editions of Red Dead 2 should ship before the end of 2017. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer shows Rockstar’s most visually stunning open-world ever

No-one does lonely Wild West spectacle quite like Rockstar. Just rewatch the Red Dead 2 trailer. Golden prairies that stretch as far as the eye can see. Cavernous valleys where eagles dominate the skies. Simmering deserts that immediately recall the iconic sights of Monument Valley. Rockstar sandboxes always contain exquisite lighting and insane incidental detailing, and its latest world looks like it’ll top everything that’s come before.

Red Dead 2 has strong foundations to build on, too. If you’re lucky enough to have the hardware, play GTA 5 on PC at 4K and tell us it’s not one of the most consistently gorgeous games ever made. Now consider that engine has benefitted from a few subsequent years of development, ageing like a particularly sumptuous (super shooty) wine, and there’s every chance Red Dead Redemption 2 will be the prettiest open-world game ever made when it launches towards the end of 2017. At the very least, the trailer hints at a beautifully varied sandbox, filled with epic canyons, dense forests, and spectacular Old West vistas.

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