After releasing a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games showcased a demo of the game to journalists. This demo revealed a number of details about the upcoming open world Wild West title, including details on how hunting will work this time around.
From what we can tell, it sounds like hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2 will function similarly to how it did in the first game, with some noticeable improvements. Players will be able to hunt a variety of wildlife, including deer, various birds, rabbits, and even bears. Animals can be killed with whatever weaponry players have at their disposal, though killing them with a bow and arrow will result in a clean kill, in turn making the animals worth more.
After protagonist Arthur Morgan kills an animal in Red Dead Redemption 2, he can choose to skin it right there or strap it to his horse. Larger animals will need to be transported back to camp on horseback, and players will want to deliver the kill as quickly as possible, as dead animals will decay over time.
If an animal begins to decay, it will impact the value of the animal both in terms of how valuable it is to the camp, and how much players will be able to sell it for at butcher shops. As previously stated, killing animals with guns instead of bows and knives will also depreciate their value.
Overall, hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2 seems similar to the first game, but more realistic. Some of these mechanics - like decaying animal corpses, for instance - have rarely been showcased in gaming before, and it will be interesting to see how it works in action. Unfortunately, we have no idea exactly when that will be, as Rockstar Games hasn't given an indication of when it will be ready to show actual gameplay footage of Red Dead Redemption 2 just yet.
However, with E3 2018 right around the corner in June and Red Dead Redemption 2 launching this October, one has to imagine that gameplay footage is coming sooner rather than later.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.