The Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack may feature the work of composer Gustavo Santaollala. The famed composer has won several awards for his work and has worked on The Last of Us and the upcoming The Last of Us Part 2.
Suggestions that Santaollala is lending his composing talents to Rockstar's upcoming cowboy epic arose after a fan pointed out the similarities between some of the composer's work. Apertura, which featured on The Motorcycle Diaries Original Soundtrack, bears a striking similarity to the music featured in the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement trailer. The two pieces of music are so similar, argue some, that there's no way that Santaollala isn't involved with the Rockstar game.
Admittedly, this is not a lot to go on, despite how much the two tracks sound alike, but fans' interest in seeing Santaollala work on the game is understandable. In addition to the composer's fantastic work on The Last of Us games, he has also composed music for films like Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. Moreover, he has won Academy Awards, Grammys, and BAFTAs for his work, so it makes sense that fans would want such a talented human being working on a game like Red Dead Redemption 2.
Given that Rockstar has previously been accused of ripping off someone else in its games (specifically when Lindsay Lohan sued over Grand Theft Auto 5) some may also hope that Santaollala is involved. It seems unlikely that the company would promote one of its biggest games using music that rips off an acclaimed composer's work, unless of course, it isn't a rip off and it's the real deal instead.
At this point, it's unclear when Rockstar will reveal more information about the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack or even more information on the game itself. Save for a few tidbits about the game's 'sprawling view of America' and a story that's set to be 'epic', Rockstar has been extremely hush-hush about what the game will actually offer.
On social media, fans have expressed some real concerns about the game, especially fears that GTA Online will poorly influence the game. So with this and the added soundtrack speculation in mind, hopefully Rockstar will step in and clear things up with some official announcements and reveals soon.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released in 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One.