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Red Dead Redemption 2 possibly features 60-hour campaign

Red Dead Redemption 2 is almost here, and more information keeps on coming out. Today, Rockstar detailed the length of the campaign.

Dan Houser, Rockstar's Vice President of Creativity, shared details like the length of the campaign and romance options in an interview with Vulture. You can read the pertinent excerpt below.

The acting for Red Dead Redemption 2's story mode is now complete, but as release day approaches, five hours of the 65-hour game are dumped. At one point, protagonist Arthur Morgan had two love interests, but 'we decided one of them didn't work,' says Dan. And whole missions were removed because 'they were never going to work technically or be quite slick enough, or they felt superfluous. 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.'

The fact that the campaign alone is 60 hours points towards a truly expansive experience. However, some gamers might be able to finish it faster. Luckily, there are plenty of side activities like fishing and hunting to keep you occupied.

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 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 or loyalty to the gang who raised him.

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19 Comments
  • Who cares, I lost all respect for R* when I worked there and they laid off so many of the Senior ppl who were making their games, probably so they could hire cheap, inexperienced college kids who would be willing to work 65+hrs per week. Before I left, the employees were awesome, but the management was literally the worst I've ever experienced at a job.
    I'll never spend a penny on them again. If anything, I'll buy used https://gamerant.com/rockstar-layoffs-red-dead-redemption/
  • "who cares". Um. A LOT of people actually.
  • That lay-off was 8 years ago
  • And? That happened 8 years ago. Get over it. Did you get fired as well or did you leave on your own? Just trying to figure out why you are so bitter.
  • I'm bitter because myself and 30+ other ppl were 'let go' by a company raking in the money hand over fist, many of whom worked there for 7+ years, in order to save a buck at a time when employment was really hard to come by.
    If you think thats the type of company you want to support, more power to you. I have zero respect, and its not something I need to "get over", thanks.
  • Personally, I am glad that you keep trying to inform people of R*'s past performance. I had no idea about this myself and have always been a supporter of their games. Now I will only buy their games used in the future while that is still an option. The length of time ago something happened should not matter so long as the management is still the same, or the issue hasn't been apologized for. You have every right to be bitter if those things are true.
  • The thing is that many company do the same thing. They just "let go" when no longer needed. If we follow your logic you should not support MS, Apple, Google... because they "let go" people.
    But then that's what happens when you are in a country with weak labor laws.
  • Yes you are correct. I have said in the past that lay offs unfortunately are a part of big companies. It all depends on how and why they happen though on how they should be treated. This seems more of a replace and undercut than a layoff because staff isn't needed.
  • You need to move on. It's part of business. There is no such thing as loyalty. The sooner you realize that the better. It happens in every single company. Money always comes first. Everything else comes after. Does this mean that you shouldn't support MS, Google, Sony, Apple, Amazon as well? Will you start buying used iPhones and refurbished products off of amazon also? Amazon warehouse staff are treated like complete trash and paid trash as well. While Bezos makes billions and billions. Do you purchase products off of Amazon?
  • Seems good value so long as not all fetch quests. Sadly I'll never get the time to play it, normally I'm so long between sessions I've forgotten what I'm supposed to be doing.
  • Not available for pc so...
  • An Xbox is much cheaper than a gaming PC, so....
  • 65 Hours is nothing to brag about...... It should be the minimum by today's standards. 100 would have been something to write home about.
  • I would take 65 hours of quality over 100 hours of stupid fetch quest like in a game like Sea of Thieves.
  • Is it a 60-hour campaign or just 60-hours of gameplay based on main AND side missions? It's not really clear from the quote that the actual campaign is 60-hours. Not that it matters. It's still a good chunk of gameplay for the money including all the other time waster stuff you can do in an open world game like this. I'll still pick this one up, maybe as a Black Friday deal as well as AC: Odyssey and that will keep me busy for a while.
  • The article seems to refer to 60-hour dialogue. The side quests like heists, hunting, fishing, etc. should keep players busy for more. So I think minimum is 60 hours.
  • less than two weeks from release and the acting is just now complete? crazy
  • Huge day1 DL incoming!!!
  • This is Rockstar so I'll expect hours of quality. Can't wait...