Red Dead Redemption 2 is the biggest game in the world, dominating the current conversation of video games and popular culture. It also represents the industry’s decades-long struggles to mature from creative experiments in garages and small office complexes to international, 24-hours, 7-days a week consumer products made by thousands. You may have read stories about “crunch” and poor working conditions during the creation of Red Dead Redemption 2. The issue, for both Rockstar Games and the industry at large, is complex. Here is a primer. What started all this? On Oct. 14, 2018, New York magazine published a lengthy feature about the development and highly anticipated launch of Red Dead Redemption 2. In it, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser described the workload necessary to deliver such a richly detailed open world and video gaming experience. “We were working 100-hour weeks,” several times this year, Houser said. The story went on to tout the … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2’s labor controversy, explained
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Red Dead Redemption 2 launched at midnight last night and, right now, millions of people around the world are playing. It's been a long wait - a friend told me recently they'd placed their pre-order over two years ago. The reviews, as expected, are positive. I can't wait to play it. But I also can't shake some of the stories I've been told by those behind the game - the people who put their lives on hold to get Red Dead Redemption 2 released this week, who poured their sweat and tears and so much of their time into perfecting the thing you're probably playing right now. A few of these Rockstar staff have already spoken up, spurred by the ongoing discussion around overtime and crunch culture at the company - and there's an excellent Kotaku report which crunches the numbers. Some staff have been encouraged by Rockstar to speak publicly. Others were not. Over the past few weeks I've talked with people who wanted to share their stories, under condition of anonymity to protect their … [Read more...] about The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games has dropped a generous Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer, showcasing many of the game’s new features. Players are able to set up a camp and hang out with the gang. Interacting with your fellow gang members will increase your relationship with them. These are the people that Arthur calls family, and spending time with them will unearth secrets and rewards. In and out of the camp, the world reacts to the player. Those that have played GTA V will notice how RDR 2 looks similarly “alive” with NPCs roaming and going about their day-to-day lives. The wilderness is full of animals, both prey and predators. Despite being a gang member, it’s possible to solve problems without weapons. The new gameplay trailer highlights the ability to talk to characters to defuse situations, or taunt them into a fight. Combat and shooting have been overhauled, to make for a deeper experience. The player’s bond with their horse will dictate how the … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Trailer Showcases New Features
Red Dead Redemption 2’s third trailer landed on Wednesday, and gameplay-based previews from Europe were published the next day. Anticipation is cresting once more for Rockstar Games’ open-world Wild West adventure as we approach its October release, scheduled for eight and a half years after its predecessor. Despite that span and two delays, Rockstar Games has kept tight-lipped about the game, only confirming its existence in 2016, and then the fact it was a prequel a year later in 2017. Very few rumors have slipped out, even. So this is all we know, for know. What is Red Dead Redemption 2? This is a follow-up to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which was widely acclaimed and the choice of many for game of the year. In the first game, protagonist John Marston was forced by federal authorities to capture or kill members of his old crew, Dutch’s Gang. Its story began in 1911; Red Dead Redemption 2 is set beginning in 1899, making this a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2: everything we know
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, but fans of the Wild West franchise still don’t know exactly when the title will be released. In the absense of an official release date announcement from Rockstar Games, fans have had to rely on retailer clues and leaks to figure when it will be available. The latest tip about the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date comes from Amazon Mexico. The online retailer currently states that the game will go on sale on July 12, 2018, meaning that the game is still almost six months away from being released. The listing was first spotted by fans in the early hours of this morning and as of the time of writing, the release date information has yet to be changed or removed. While retailers do generally have release date information well in advance of the gaming public, the Amazon Mexico information may not be legitimate. There are several reasons to question the information, including the fact that July 12 is a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Leaked via Mexican Retailer?