Rockstar Games recently revealed the names and likenesses of every member of the Van der Linde Gang from Red Dead Redemption 2, including protagonist Arthur Morgan. All those colorful characters begs the question: Will the game let us switch between different gang members on the fly like with Grand Theft Auto V‘s three-character system?
Well, little doggies, a recent interview in the Hollywood Reporter reveals that the only cowboy boots we’ll be filling are those of Mr. Morgan.
“Sticking with a single character felt more appropriate for the structure and narrative of a western,” art director Josh Bass said in the interview. “Arthur lives with and fights alongside the other members of the Van der Linde Gang, and they are a group of fully realized characters with relationships to each other and to Arthur, but this is Arthur’s story and we are placing players firmly in Arthur’s boots as he and the gang deal with a rapidly changing world.
“We think people will really love the feeling of being in the gang,” Bass continued. “It isn’t like anything we’ve done before.”
Speaking of the gang, the interview also revealed a ton of new information about the gang members themselves. We already pretty much know the personalities and backgrounds of characters like Dutch, John Marston, Abigail Roberts, Javier Escuela, Bill Williamson and Uncle (!) from the first game, but there are some interesting details about the new faces in the bunch. The mysterious woman from the trailers, Sadie Adler, is actually a “widow who is hell-bent on taking revenge upon those who killed her husband. Relentless and afraid of nothing and no one. The wrong woman to cross, but very loyal to those she loves.”
Ever since the gameplay reveal, we’ve been thirsty for more information about Red Dead Redemption 2. Future gameplay reveals are supposed to cover things like train robberies and different missions you’ll go on, so we should soon see Arthur and the rest of the gang in action. One thing that will be interesting to see is if the first-person camera from the current-gen versions of GTA V will make it into this one, as everything we’ve seen so far has been in third-person.
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.