When Red Dead Revolver released in 2004, it didn’t make a huge splash. An unfocused, linear revenge story set in the Wild West, it did not live up to the reputation set by its publisher, Rockstar, famous for its Grand Theft Auto series. But its sequel, Red Dead Redemption, flipped the script by becoming one of the biggest, richest, and most complete open-world experiences ever made. Suddenly, the Wild West sprang to life in a way that had simply never been possible since, well, the Wild West. Whether you wanted shootouts, saloon brawls, or a friendly game of poker, all of it was at your fingertips.
So it’s no surprise that Red Dead Redemption 2 is already one of the most-anticipated games of any kind for 2018. While little is known about the specifics, the trailers show that this time around, players will take the role of an outlaw tearing his way through the West. Critically, the game appears to be leaving the classic dust-and-tumbleweeds look behind: instead, the player will visit geographies as diverse as snowy mountain peaks to alligator-infested swamps.
There will be an online component as well, but here, too, details are scant. One rumor suggests that it will involve a battle royale mode, in which a large group of players must battle each other until only one is left standing. With such a diversity of environments to choose from, this could potentially be a very exciting addition to Rockstar’s already stellar multiplayer record.