Breaking Down The Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

Matt Bertz

We just got our first, brief glimpse of Rockstar’s return to the wild west. The trailer opens with several idyllic environmental shots of the frontier, backed by a soft, violin and piano-driven score, ending with a shot of an armed posse on horseback charging across the plains toward snow-covered mountains. So what should we make of the early look at Red Dead Redemption 2? We performed a shot-by-shot analysis of the trailer to extract any intel we could possibly find.

Read on to learn more: Signs Point To Late 1800s SettingA few clues in the trailer helped us triangulate the timeframe in which Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place. In the shot of Worth’s General Store, you can see an electric light lining the muddy street. The earliest use of electric street lighting in the United States was 1880. That is also the relative time period many oil fields started popping up in the heartland, which we see in another shot later in the trailer.

The large buffalo herd implies that this may take place before the species nearly went extinct around the turn of the century, with a mere 300 bison in existence by 1900. These signs point to Red Dead Redemption 2 being set before the events of the original, which took place in 1911. Rockstar Technology Takes Another Leap ForwardGrand Theft Auto V is still one of the most stunning open-world games you can buy, and Red Dead Redemption 2 looks to continue that legacy. Many of the gorgeous vistas from the American frontier on display almost look like cinematic stills from famed directors like Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant) and Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), from the sun piercing through the forest canopy to the burning oil fields.

Perhaps the most impressive shot in the trailer is the campfire with an amazing skybox of the Milky Way galaxy above.   Get Ready For A Vibrant Wildlife…

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