Red Dead Redemption 2:
What we want to see in the game
Perhaps no other sequel has been as eagerly awaited by gamers as Red Dead Redemption 2, the follow-up to the acclaimed open-world western from 2010. News of the next instalment has been making headlines since 2013 and as usual nowadays, online chatter takes off long before glimpses of any new trailer.
Now, after the release of the first footage, the rumour mill is in overdrive. The teaser is short but there are enough hints to suggest we can expect a wagon load of cool new features.
Here’s what we hope to see when the new game is released next year.
- Unbeatable graphics
- Co-op mode
- Multi-player heists
- Using Virtual Reality
- A wider world
Visually, we’re already left speechless by the new video. And since it will take almost a year until the cowboy adventure is playable, there are likely to be even more improvements. The in-game graphics give us hope for much more varied landscapes compared to the predecessor while the lighting creates an even more intense Wild West atmosphere. And with console upgrades like the PS4 Pro, released in November, and the continuing progress on the new Xbox One - codenamed Project Scorpio - both systems promise even more technological advances.
All cowboys need a posse and the new trailer suggests the main character of the game is travelling in a group of seven companions. As gaming nowadays is a social experience, it seems senseless to allow the computer to control all the other characters. How about a gun-slinging escapade with up to six friends? Now that sounds like a lot of fun.
Developers Rockstar Games would be smart to incorporate a feature from another horse in their stable, Grand Theft Auto. The online mode was added later on and it proved to be a massive hit in the gaming community. The most fun features were the so-called heists where you team up with others to plan and pull off elaborate robberies. This seems perfect for a Wild West adventure - imagine ambushing stagecoaches and trains, or robbing banks together with your mates.
It might sound more science fiction than Old West but a Virtual Reality ride on horseback through the prairie or a duel with another sharpshooter could be something special. The age of the VR cowboy might not be so far off. Rockstar and PlayStation announced a cooperation for Red Dead Redemption 2 but this doesn’t have to be limited to DLC - downloadable add-ons. Could the developers integrate virtual reality elements into the new game?
In 2010, Red Dead Redemption set new standards in terms of open-world playability. With developments in the technical field since then, it would be a no-brainer for the guys at Rockstar to expand the world of RDR2 accordingly. Gamers love to take themselves off the beaten track to explore the most remote corners of the game. In the original, unlocking Mexico was an added highlight. If more features like this are included in the follow-up, we can treat ourselves to a whisky in a virtual saloon and whet our appetites even further for the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 in late 2017.