The development of the game began in 2010, and was eventually in development for 8 years.

Had the highest-grossing opening weekend of any media in entertainment history, with sales of $725m from Friday to Sunday. However this is still far behind GTA V's opening 3-day sales of $1billion, which remains the highest grossing launch overall - but that game was released on a Tuesday.

If a player takes their horse to a cold area, its testicles will shrink due to the cold temperatures.

The finished game includes 300,000 animations, 500,000 lines of dialogue and many more lines of code.

Returning characters from Red Dead Redemption (2010) include the protagonist of the first game John Marston, his wife Abigail (but with the last name Roberts), John's Son Jack Marston, Uncle, Antagonists Dutch van der Linde, Bill Williamson, Javier Escuella and Edgar Ross. However, only 4 actors from Red Redemption return Rob Wiethoff (John Marston), Benjamin Byron Davis (Dutch van der Linde), Steve J. Palmer (Bill Williamson) and Jim Bentley (Edgar Ross). The rest of the returning characters are replaced by a new cast of voice actors.

In the mission "Pouring forth of Oil - II" the cutscene of the train stopping directly imitates/pays homage to the train robbery scene in the 2007 western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford".

The grounds of Braithwaite Manor feature many large "water bowls" - these are sugar kettles, used to boil sugar cane plants into a syrup, which could then be processed into sugar. They were common on southern plantations throughout the 18th & 19th centuries which often grew sugar cane, along with tobacco & cotton.

According to Dan Houser, Arthur Morgan originally had two love interests, but it was decided that one of them didn't work. Some whole missions were also removed because they weren't going to work technically and felt superfluous, such as fighting bounty hunters on a train. Bringing the game's story from 65 hours to 60.

Dutch Van Der Linde & Hosea Matthews began working together in 1878, 21 years before the events of the game. They "adopted" Arthur Morgan a year later, making these three (along with Dutch & Hosea's wives, Annabelle & Bessie) the founding members of the Van Der Linde Gang. As of the start of the game, John Marston has been with the gang for 15 years (although he only recently returned after fleeing for a year). Bill Williamson has been a member for 5 years, following his dishonorable discharge from the army. Javier Escuella joined a year after Bill, having fled Mexico as he was wanted for treason there (due to his participation in an attempted revolution). Micah Bell, Charles Smith & Lenny Summers joined the gang 6 months before the events of the game.

Red Dead Redemption II is the third game in the Red Dead franchise. It's preceded by Red Dead Revolver (2004) and Red Dead Redemption (2010).

One of the animals in the game is the opossum, which will famously "play dead" when approached - if the player has auto-aim switched on, Arthur won't aim his weapon at the opossum after it does this (as he thinks it's already dead).

In Arthur's journal, it is mentioned that Dutch shot an innocent lady in Blackwater. This is mentioned when John meets The Stranger in the mission "I Know You", from the original Red Dead Redemption.

Unlike other recent Rockstar games, players can blow off NPC's limbs with enough firepower.

Total size of The Game is 96GB, which Makes it The Largest Video Game in the PS4/Xbox One Consoles

Throughout the game there are several classical songs that were used in a previous Rockstar Games title, Grand Theft Auto III (2001).

There are nearly 200 species of animals to research, 30 different fish to catch, and 29 legendary animals to hunt and kill.

Set in 1899, 12 years before the original Red Dead Redemption

It won a total of 4 awards at The Game Awards 2018: #1 Audio Design #2 Narrative #3 Score/Soundtrack (Daniel Landis & Woody Jackson) #4 Performance (Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan)

This is the first project developed by Rockstar games that was built specifically for the 8th generation of consoles.

Within its first week on sale in Japan, the PlayStation 4 version sold 132,984 copies, which placed it at number one on the all format video game sales chart.

You play as Arthur Morgan, a notoriously wanted outlaw who is a member of the Van Der Linde gang, lead by of course Dutch Van Der Linde. Also including Bill Williamson & previous installment's protagonist, John Marston.

Arthur Morgan's beard and hair will grow overtime.

The game has over 50 weapons.

The Fame system does not return from the first game.

Hidden hieroglyphics can be found along the alleys and rooftops of Blackwater in the Epilogue. These are theorized to be a hint suggesting a new Undead DLC.

There are a myriad of cheat codes available that provide the player with vehicles, more ammo, more money, etc., however using the cheat codes will permanently disable both the auto and manual save feature, making it impossible for the player to save their progress of that current game.

Dutch Van der Linde's clothing and facial features are very similar to that of Ian McShane's character "Al Swearengen" in the HBO series "Deadwood" (2004).

An early mission in which Arthur rescues John Marston from a mountaintop, shows the origins of Marston's facial scars (a near-fatal wolf attack)

Arthur's first mission is with Dutch and Micah; his last mission too.

There are 6 chapters in the game, 104 missions and a 2 part Epilogue.

Unlike in the first game, John Marston, at the end of the game, is able to swim. But only for a little while. Arthur Morgan is technically a better swimmer than John as John wasn't taught how to. Once the player sees the blue flash on the screen, John will start to drown. This is the reason why he is unable to swim in Red Dead Redemption.

During a stagecoach robbery side mission, Tilly teases Bill Williamson, revealing that his name is actually Marion. This is likely a reference to legendary western film actor John Wayne, who was born Marion Morrison.

Players can encounter a vampire.

A tribute to the infamous "Donkey Woman" from the first game (an NPC accidentally programmed to act like a mule) can be found in New Austin

As with most Rockstar games, the map is full of Easter Eggs which are never mentioned or prompted in-game, and must be discovered by the player on their own. Among them are the remains of a giant/Bigfoot on Mount Shann, a UFO hovering above a shack full of corpses near Emerald Ranch, the zombie-like "Nite People" who spawn at night around Bluewater Marsh; a Viking-esque burial ground in Roanoke Ridge, a pirate shipwreck on an island in Flatiron Lake, and at least three meteor landing sites across the Grizzlies region.

The game's protagonist, Arthur Morgan, common wears a black hat; a feature often associated with villains in classic western films. Similarly, the game's main antagonist Micah Bell wears a white hat, which is commonly associated with the heroes of those films.

There are 24 members of the Van Der Linde Gang throughout the game (Dutch, Arthur, Hosea, John, Bill, Javier, Micah, Charles, Lenny, Sean, Susan, Pearson, Strauss, Sadie, Uncle, Molly, Mary-Beth, Karen, Tilly, Swanson, Abigail, Jack, Kieran and Trelawny) with a further 3 members mentioned to have died during the opening events of the story (brothers Davey & Mac Callender, and a woman named Jenny). From this total of 27 members, only 7 feature in the first Red Dead Redemption - Dutch, John, Bill, Javier, Uncle, Abigail and Jack. Jack Marston is the only member of the Van Der Linde Gang known to survive to the end of both games.

Van der Linde gang member Micah Bell is similar in many aspects to the character Charlie Prince (Ben Foster) from 3:10 to Yuma(2007). Both use custom double action revolvers in crossdraw holsters, have rather hotheaded and sadistic personalities, and have a near identical wardrobe, with the only difference being the colour of their coats and hats being inverted. Both are also betrayed and shot in the chest by the leader of their respective gangs.

Arthur Morgan is the sixth protagonist to be killed in a Rockstar game.

Throughout Red Dead Redemption I and II, we see Jack Marston (John and Abigail's son) at 4 different ages 4, 12, 16 and 19.

When John kills off the Laramie henchman with a sawed off shotgun he has the same position as on the cover of the previous game Red Dead Redemption.

It was Due to Arthur's Request, John, Abigail and Jack Departed The Van Linde Gang.

Out of 27 Members of the Van Der Linde Gang. Only 7 Members (Charles, Simon, Jack Marston, Tilly, Mary Beth, Sadie & Reverend) are alive at the end of both the Games. Fates of Josiah Trelawny and Karen Jones are Unknown. But a letter to John from Tilly states that Karen Drank herself to Death.

If Arthur is killed by Micah, John will avenge his death. Similar how John was killed by Edgar Ross at the end of the first game and his son Jack avenged his death.

Another easter egg that can be spotted is the fictional legendary creature ManBearPig from the animated series South Park

You will Play as John Marston for the Remainder of the Game, after Completing the Main Chapters, as Arthur Morgan will Die at the End of the 6th Chapter.

If Arthur antagonizes any members of the gang while at the camp, either John, Bill, Lenny, or Charles will punch him and throws him out of camp.

The people Arthur is stranded on Guarma with (Dutch, Micah, Bill and Javier), are the same people who later betray him in Chapter 6.

During production, voice actor Roger Clark was in a motion capture stand-in for Julie Jesneck during Mary Linton looking at Arthur's grave scene in the end of the epilogue.

At any point in the game the player will come across a newspaper scrap that reads "talented ice skaters career cut short in terrible accident." This could be a potential nod to the incident with Nancy Kerrigan, former Olympic figure skater from the nineties whose career was cut short after Tonya Harding's then boyfriend hit Kerrigan in the knee so Harding could win the gold medal. You can find the shed of the ice skater in the Grizzlies West