Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most widely anticipated games of 2018.

Coming more than eight years after the much-loved previous outing, it's certainly about time Rockstar released a sequel.

Here then is everything you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2, including the release date, pre-order details and an extensive gameplay trailer.

Red Dead Redemption 2 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 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."

Red Dead Redemption 2 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.

Red Dead Redemption 2 plot

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

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.

Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders

You can pre-order Red Dead Redemption from Amazon.co.uk here

You can pre-order Red Dead Redemption from Amazon.com here

Read Dead Redemption 2 screen grabs

Two sets of screen grabs have been released so far. You can swipe through them in our gallery below.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers

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.