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Red Dead Redemption 2 features roughly 200 different animal species

Red Dead Redemption 2 is around the corner and new information keeps on coming out about the open-world Western. Today, Rockstar Games detailed the complex wildlife found in the game. According to the studio, there are over 200 species of animals in the game. However, their appearance isn't the only intriguing element here.

Animals behave in unique ways too. For example, vultures are attracted to corpses, bison travel in herds, and possums play dead. The team issued the following statement about the creatures. You can also see more images on the developer's website.

The diverse habitats and climates of Red Dead Redemption 2 are home to around 200 species of animals, birds, and fish, all of which behave and respond to their environment in a unique way. Deer, bison, and pronghorn traverse the plains in large herds, scavengers quickly sniff out carrion, sockeye salmon leap upstream, wolves attack in packs surrounding their prey, geese fly in fixed formations, possums play dead, rodents scamper into tree hollows, grizzly bears bluff charge when threatened, and birds of prey soar on thermals. They all form part of a complex ecosystem and must continually fight for their place on the food chain.

After a robbery goes wrong in the town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and bounty hunters closing in, the gang must rob, steal, and fight their way across the harsh heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear them apart, Morgan must make a choice between his own ideals or loyalty to the gang who raised him.

Red Dead Redemption 2 should launch on October 26, 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems. The game achieves "4K Ultra HD" resolution on Xbox One X.

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