Red Dead Redemption 2 Release: 5 Things to Know

Red Dead Redemption 2 is confirmed and today we want to take a look at everything we know about the Re Dead Redemption 2 release.

2010’s Red Dead Redemption was the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver. The title garnered numerous awards and it’s considered one of the best video games of all time. Naturally, fans clamored for a sequel. And after several long years, Rockstar Games is poised to deliver.


After years of rumors and speculation, Red Dead Redemption 2 is confirmed though it won’t be making its way to shelves this holiday season. Fans of the series will have to wait awhile before the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date arrives.


With Red Dead Redemption 2 release officially confirmed we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, pre-orders, features and more.

We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details to check back for regular updates in the buildup to the game’s release date.

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 & Xbox One

Red Dead Redemption 2 is confirmed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.


What is surprising is that the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement arrived without confirmation for Windows PC users.

This doesn’t rule out Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC but this certainly won’t sit well with those who prefer Rockstar’s games on Windows.


It’s still early and we could of course see Rockstar announce Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC in the weeks ahead.


Remember, Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC arrived several months after it landed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Rockstar’s first Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer also fails to confirm a PC version of the game. The trailer, which can be seen above, is focused on setting the scene for the upcoming game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date

The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date won’t land in 2016. Instead, Rockstar Games has confirmed a release for 2017.

The company hasn’t issued a specific release date for the game just yet so we’re left with a Fall 2017 release window. For reference, the Grand Theft Auto 5 release date landed at the start of the fall in mid-September.

It’s not clear when we’ll get an official Red Dead Redemption 2 release date for Xbox One and PS4. (And, fingers crossed, PC.) Those interested might want to signup for Rockstar’s mailing list.


Image from Reddit user Afty.

Also of note is the fact that some retailers are already taking Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders ahead of the game’s release date.

Retailers like Amazon are selling the game a year in advance and those with an Amazon Prime account can take advantage of one of the first Red Dead Redemption 2 deals.

GameStop is also taking Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders ahead of the game’s mysterious release date and like Amazon, it won’t charge you until the shipment is processed.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Story, Characters & More

Rockstar says that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature an “epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland” which seems to confirm an expansive single-player mode.

The characters in the teaser above haven’t been confirmed but there’s a ton of speculation and some of it points to a potential prequel featuring the protagonist from the first game, John Marston.


Image from Reddit user BlueSaber80.

The developer goes on to say that the game’s “vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 Online arrived alongside the single-player portion of the game and it looks like Rockstar has grand designs for Red Dead Redemption as well.

The company’s reportedly registered a Red Dead Redemption online domain ahead of the game’s launch next year. Look for the experience to build on GTA 5’s online mode.


Rockstar typically has used third-person view in its games though GTA 5 added in a unique first-person view. Naturally, fans of the Red Dead series are interested to see if the company brings that element to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Nothing is confirmed but here’s what Rockstar had to say about third-person and first-person during a question and answer session:

“We are excited by the response to our first effort at a first-person experience, but remain committed to third person games and may or may not use first person as a camera option in the future.

We do like to, whenever possible, give people options so they can play a game the way they like.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 Map

Earlier this year, an alleged Red Dead Redemption 2 map leaked showing some of the game’s potential locations. The map first appeared on NeoGAF.

While the alleged map was later removed from the website, some users were able to save it for the world to see.
red-dead-map-leakAccording to TechRadar, this map is legit and it’s for Red Dead Redemption 2. There are numerous locations listed including The Great Plains, home to the Blackwater settlement. There are also several bodies of water, something that we didn’t see in Red Dead Redemption.

If you’re curious about how the Red Dead Redemption 2 map stacks up with the map from the original, Reddit has you covered.


Image from Reddit user trevors685.

The image above shows how the official map from the first game stacks up, size-wise, with the leaked map for Red Dead Redemption 2.

PS4 Red Dead Redemption 2 Timed Exclusive

Sony and Rockstar have announced a partnership for Red Dead Redemption 2. Sony says that “PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2.”

It’s not clear what this content is though Sony tells PS4 owners they can expect some more details in the near future.


The company also notes that the PS3 classic Red Dead Redemption will be coming to PlayStation Now soon.”

The original Red Dead Redemption is already available on Xbox One via Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility feature.

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Let's start with one of our favorite PC Fallout 4 mods that (fortunately) quickly made it over to the list of Fallout 4 mods for console.

keyNuker creates a key ring in your inventory that hides keys and passwords. With it installed, your MISC tab in on your Pip-Boy is going to be a lot more manageable, particularly if you're deep into the game with tons and tons of items listed. 

The screenshot here shows you what the vanilla MISC tab looks like compared to the MISC tab with keyNuker installed. It's night and day.

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