The first—and so far only—trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 came out nearly six months ago, but fans are still poring over every frame to find any new tidbit they can about the game.
Case in point: One eagle-eyed obsessive, who goes by the name of Jabalous, noticed a sly reference to Open Range, a 2003 Western directed by Kevin Costner. The find was recently shared on Twitter by the Red Dead Network account (via Game Rant).
— Red Dead Network (@RedDeadNet) April 7, 2017
When you look at that shot from the film up against the similar portion of the trailer, it’s all but certain Rockstar is paying very close homage to the movie.
So is this just an Easter egg, or can the film tell us anything about what Red Dead Redemption 2 has in store? Rockstar, after all, is known for drawing heavy storytelling inspiration from certain films or genres to craft its stories. (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, for instance, is practically a pastiche of plot points and tropes from early ’90s movies set in the black communities of Los Angeles.) There’s no way to know for sure, but some of the basics of Open Range do sound resonant with the series so far.
The movie follows a pair of cattlemen, one of whom is struggling to escape his past as a killer, as they’re drawn into conflict by corrupt lawman. At the end of the film, after racking up a sizable bodycount, our heroes decide to retire to a quieter life. On the surface, that arc has an awful lot in common with John Marston’s story in the first Red Dead Redemption. We’ll have to wait and see if there are parallels with the new game, too, but it may be worth giving the film a watch, if only to help pass the time until Rockstar breaks its months-long silence.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is due out this holiday season on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more on the game, be sure to check out our up-to-date guide to everything we know (and don’t) about the massive game.
Source: Game Rant