Red Dead Redemption 2 is getting pretty close to release now, and as you’ve probably already guessed, the brand new Rockstar title is going to be enormous. In fact, the main campaign itself will take around 65 hours to complete.
Speaking with Vulture, one of Rockstar’s most prolific writers, Dan Houser, says the main story is about 2,000 pages long, but if you add all of the additional dialogue and side missions, the pile “would be eight feet high”. Making the game required 2,200 days of motion-capture with 1,200 actors, 700 of which also included dialogue, so it’s no wonder it’s been the works for upwards of 5 years. To put this into perspective, Grand Theft Auto III required just five days of motion capture.
The completed RDR2 contains 300,000 animations and 500,000 lines of dialogue but according to Houser, around five hours of the main story were ditched from the final product. The main character, Arthur Morgan, was originally going to have two love interests, but the team “decided one of them didn’t work,” he told Vulture. Because of this, entire missions were removed, as “they were never going to work technically or be quite slick enough, or they felt superfluous,” he said.
“We removed a mission on a train where you had to deal with bounty hunters, because it was fun at first, but then it wasn’t. This part of the process is always about compromise and horse trading. Everyone always loses bits of the game they love.”
At the end of the day, this is far from Rockstar’s first rodeo, so you can rest assured that anything they removed was for the best.
The company also recently unveiled how weapon customisation will work in the world, showcasing just a few of the more than 50 weapons available to you throughout your journey. Each will come with its own options for tweaking, as well as different ammo types. You can check out more details on all of that here.
Like everything else in the incredibly detailed experience, you’ll need to take good care of your guns in order to keep them working. Use them often and you’ll get better at nailing shots, but fail to clean and oil them, and they’ll rust up on you real good.
Red Dead Redemption 2 hits Xbox One and PS4 on the 26th of October.