Moments worthy of great western cinema unfold from the get-go, beginning with a deadly railroad heist.
The accompanying synopsis from Rockstar Games provides further details on the story, which is set before the original Red Dead Redemption.
America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee.
With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.
One quote in particular captures the game's brutal tone.
"All of you venerate savagery, and all of you will die savagely."
You can pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems now before it drops on October 26, 2018. Get a closer look at the latest trailer in the gallery above, and check out previous previews below: