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.
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.
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.