We've been waiting more than eight years for a proper Red Dead Redemption sequel and the wait is almost over.

It will be released tomorrow, on disc and digital download. Huzzah!

Here then is everything you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2, including a myriad of trailers - with extensive gameplay explainers and clips.

Release date

When first announced at the tail end of 2016 the game was scheduled for a "fall 2017" release. That then slipped to "spring 2018", with Rockstar finally settling on Friday 26 October 2018:

"We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it."

Formats

The game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

There are currently no known plans for a Windows PC version but fans have been petitioning Rockstar since the initial announcement. There was never a PC version of the original Red Dead Redemption, although the studio did release a Windows version of Grand Theft Auto V two years after that game appeared on Xbox 360 and PS3.

File sizes

On its support pages, Rockstar itself confirmed the file sizes for Red Dead Redemption 2.

The Xbox One digital download and disc version will require 107GB of hard drive space.

The PS4 disc version will require 99GB of hard drive space, as will the digital download although you will also need an additional 50GB spare for the installation process to succeed.

If you are struggling for space on your console, you can check out our handy guides on how to expand your storage for either Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Plot

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the former game. The lead character from the original, John Marston, even pops up in the gameplay trailers.

It is set in 1899, while the previous game was based in 1911.

You play as Arthur Morgan, who is a member of Dutch's Van der Linde gang - the same gang Marston is tasked with seeking out and killing in the original. Cue some tough guy shenanigans, robberies and back-stabbing.

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Companion app

Rockstar will release a Red Dead Redemption 2 Companion App for iOS and Android tomorrow too.

It enables you to move the real-time HUD onto a separate device, keeping your game screen clear. And you can use the map on a phone or tablet to set way-points, points of access and much more.

Pre-orders

View pre-order offers for Red Dead Redemption from Amazon UK

View pre-order offers for Red Dead Redemption on Amazon US

Screen grabs

Several sets of official screen grabs have been released. You can swipe through them in our gallery below.

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Trailers

As well as the launch trailer, which you can view at the top of this page, Rockstar has released several trailers and a couple of extensive looks at actual gameplay. Watch them below, with the most recent first. It shows some of the key new features, plus first-person mode.