Red Dead Redemption 2 is the game that some of us have been waiting for ever since Red Dead Redemption, now eight years ago. Officially, the game comes out on Friday, October 26, though some retailers will be selling it at 9:00 p.m. on October 25. That means the pieces are in place for Rockstar to launch another massive, sprawling game, and it also means that we’re going through a familiar leak cycle, where little bits and pieces of the game are showing up in various places online, so be warned: start muting “Red Dead” if you’re the sort that likes to go into things totally unspoiled.
The leaks themselves aren’t too much. The first is a 24-second clip that shows the protagonist getting off his horse and firing his gun a little, so spoiler alert: the protagonist appears to get off his horse and fire his gun a little, showing off a bit of UI in the process. The internet has been pretty excited nonetheless, talking about Rockstar’s always-impressive visuals, the smooth framerate and the simple chance to see what the game looks like in motion. We’ve seen gameplay before, of course, in sanctioned Rockstar trailers. But there’s always something about seeing the game in actual action that feels different, like we’re getting a look behind the curtain before the big reveal.
The second major leak is the map, seen here on Twitter. Rockstar has already given us a rundown of some of the locations we’ll be visiting in the game, which appears to take place a little further to the east of the original, including a major new location in the form of Saint Denis, a stand-in for New Orleans.
I can understand the impulse to look at these things: the hype builds to a fever pitch, and even a small difference of 3 days can feel like an eternity. But rest assured: this is a game that will actually release to the public, and when it comes you will both see the map and much more than 24 seconds of gameplay. Stay tuned for more as we lead into release.