What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about this game? Quite little. So, rather than drone on and on about the particulars of the upcoming, it’s-been-eight-years-where-have-you-been, Red Dead Redemption II – developer Rockstar Games decided to just, you know, show us everything.

Here’s the latest gameplay trailer.

Are those goosebumps? Yes they are, dear reader. They came to watch the trailer, too.

A shortlist of activities / immersion-elements confirmed by the trailer:

  • Heists
  • Bathing
  • Horse balls
  • Train robbery
  • Deep outfit customization
  • Dead-eye leveling, and perhaps character leveling, RPG-style
  • Stick up stores
  • Hunt bounties
  • Hunt wildlife
  • Watch shows
  • Play cards and other parlor games
  • The best looking graphics to leave Rockstar’s studio
  • Consequence and minute player choice
  • Grand vistas you and Roach your horse can meander through
  • GTA-style cinematic camera options
  • FIRST PERSON MODE

Reader, I can’t tell you how excited I am for this game. It seems now, more than ever before, that Rockstar has solidified its sterling reputation for open-world games. This is the culmination of years of hard work, undoubtedly. Can you even imagine the laboring hours spent coding the behavior of snow around Arthur Morgan’s feet? Or the dedication to realism that warrants rendering the testicles on his horse?

They do this for us, people. Hold your wallets close, because Broke-tober has officially begun.

But don’t preorder. Seriously, it’s time to stop. Once the game drops and the review scores are aggregated, then decide. Rockstar can attain a monster launch-week without all that premium mumbo-jumbo.

Until then, let’s just consider the trailer’s final parting words, “This world has its consolations.”

We may not be perched high atop a mountain, overlooking some expansive mountain range bathed in early morning light, but we do get to play Red Dead Redemption II on October 26, 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Considering the tumult on rise in the world today, that’s a mighty consolation indeed.

(Sorry PC players. The master race might have to take the L here.)

Until next time.

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