Rockstar Games announced on October 18, 2016 through their trademark teasers that Red Dead Redemption 2 was in production and originally planned to be released in 2017. The game was delayed into the next year with a final release date of October 26, 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The game is a prequel set in 1899. At this time, outlaw gangs are disappearing and the wild west era is about to end. Players take the role of Arthur Morgan, the right-hand man of the Van der Linde gang. The gang struggles to survive as the law threatens to destroy its way of life once and for all. Characters from the previous game, including John Marston, Bill Williamson, and Dutch Van der Linde, are also present.
Gameplay will follow the traditional Rockstar open world, with some new improvements and additions. The morality mechanic from the previous game is greatly expanded. The player has a vast number of options for interacting with NPCs, who will remember those actions in future encounters and act accordingly.
Rockstar has emphasized how the world will continue without the player's direct intervention. Characters have daily schedules they fulfill. They have independent conversations with each other. The player will get the sense that the world exists without them. With these advancements, Rockstar is trying to create a more believable world than ever before.
The traditional gameplay is supplemented by a new base building system and a greater focus on multiplayer in the wake of GTA Online. Little is known about the multiplayer aspects of Red Dead 2, but the game is rumored to follow the multiplayer setup of Free Roam akin to Red Dead Redemption.