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Red Dead Redemption 2 Launch Trailer Released

We are finally within a week of the release of the ever-so-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, and Rockstar has dropped what we’re guessing is the last trailer for the game (the single-player mode, anyway). It isn’t as long as we would have liked, but it’s still the fix that we all needed, and you can watch it here.

Does Size Really Matter?

The trailer is just 60 seconds long. It’s the shortest piece of marketing material we’ve gotten for RDR2 so far, most likely because this trailer will be used for TV ads. It’s purpose is to catch the interest of people that may not already be familiar with the game. But for those of us that have been obsessing over it for years now, there’s still plenty to feast on.

What About Loyalty?

John and Arthur talk in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

We kind of already got a confirmation of this in the previews, but the launch trailer finally gives us a clip of the talented Rob Wiethoff voicing the legendary John Marston. After hearing of Wiethoff’s retirement from acting after the first RDR, fears arose of Marston being left out of the prequel, or worse, recast (GASP). So, on behalf of the gaming community, thanks for coming back, Rob. We missed you.

It’s Always a Train

The gang robs a train in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

Another thing that will stand out to any long-time Rockstar fan is Arthur’s distaste for trains. Big Smoke and CJ are on the same page, Arthur. Also, check out John and Bill Williamson riding a horse together.

Just You

Pinkerton agents and the gang talk in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

We get another look at the apparent antagonist for the game too. We still don’t know all that much about him, but it looks like he’s leading the Pinkerton Detective Agency (or Rockstar’s version of them, at least) as they chase the Van der Linde Gang across America. Oh, and don’t forget about our old pal Edgar Ross.

Do as You’re Told

Sadie Adler in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is shaping up to be a HUGE game, and I’m not even talking about the confirmed file sizes of 99 GB for the PS4 and 107 GB for Xbox One (or the size of the case that will supposedly house two discs). I’m talking about the cultural impact.

Rockstar (among other publishers) has been criticized of creating female characters for the sole purpose of being saved and/or used by the male characters. This time around, however, they’re trying to have more prominent and meaningful female characters. Sadie Adler’s time in this trailer is short, but she doesn’t waste any of it. Rocktsar has also said that the Women’s Suffrage Movement will even play a part in the game’s story.

One More Big Score

Dutch in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

Another thing that will jump out at you in the trailer is the music. Get it? One more big score? See what I did there? Alright, seriously though, RDR2’s soundtrack will see the return of composer Woody Jackson and will feature 192 mission scores. The music made the first RDR so much more impactful, and we have no doubt that this one will be just as dramatic and provoking.

It is Us or Him

Arthur and Dutch talk in Red Dead Redemption 2
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2

RDR2 is going places that most other games haven’t even gotten close to. The main story has a 2,000 page script and will reportedly take around 65 hours to complete. Rockstar hired around 1,200 people to perform 300,000 animations and record 500,000 lines of dialogue. Dan Houser told Vulture that if you took every script for every single scenario in the game, including the main story, side missions, and random events, and stacked them up, the pile would be eight feet tall. Even for a company as massive and capable as Rockstar, these are ridiculous numbers.

With just seven days until release, you should start getting ready. Clear some space on your console’s hard drive, stock up on snacks and energy drinks, and get all of your real-world affairs in order.

Outlaws for life. RIP social life.

Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.

Travis Ketzak
Travis Ketzakhttp://www.travisketzak.com
I'm a Brooklyn transplant looking to make a ripple in the ocean of creative minds. I've been writing as a hobby for about four years, and I am in the process of turning that hobby into a career. I've self-published two novels and a collection of short stories and personal essays. I've had around 300 articles published across a few online media outlets. I've written a feature screenplay, a drama series pilot screenplay, and a stageplay. Basically, I just love to tell stories, no matter the format. I always like to say that a writer doesn't create stories; they discover them.

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