Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Organic NPCs & Devilishly Detailed Interiors

Each Set Piece Offers More Loot, Exploration, and Interaction

Following the reveal of the 2nd trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games provided new information to select outlets. As a result, there’s an abundance of new info on how the gameplay works. Two days ago, we learned about the returning ‘Honor System.’ Today, we have details on the depth of in-game interactions.

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Summing up up the breadth of interactions, RDR2‘s NPCs may be the most evolved of any game. We learn as much from French website JeuxActu (via Wccftech), who had a sitdown with Rockstar studio co-founder and Art Director Rob Nelson. Apparently, the game has drastically changed from your check-box RPG with map markers. Players can organically unlock new quests through NPC interactions.

“Everything must appear natural, without any transition or lag, to reinforce the sense of immersion and connection between each mission,” Nelson told JeuxActu. “For example, in the camp, a simple conversation with an NPC can result in a bank robbery, or reveal important details about the story, background, and thus trigger a new mission that the player may want to do right away or later. Simply leaving the camp to search for supplies may allow the player to discover other interesting activities or other goals. Everything is done to reinforce the feeling of embodying the character Arthur, an outlaw who is part of a famous gang, not to mention that everything must remain as entertaining as possible.

“The gang needs money to do this, you will have to carry out missions as diverse as various to rob banks, intercept trains, steal from people, hunt, but also resell. There are 1001 ways to make money, even outside missions, in an honorable way, and less respectable too, to let the player do what he wants. You can kill people to steal their money, but you can also threaten them and extract their currency less violently. To leave the choice to the player is very important for us. It is not a Manichean system, it is not good against evil, everything is nuanced. Of course, we play Arthur and he has his own character, but you are given the opportunity to shape his way of behaving a bit.

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“The idea of the gang, the camp, the interaction between the characters, those with whom there will be cutscenes, the way the horse behaves, which must be in osmosis with the attitudes of Arthur. The animal has a high level of interaction with the character, depending on your reactions. This is also valid with other animals. In the demo, you could see a deer grazing, raise his head as Arthur approaches him. If you are never a threat to him, he will continue to eat quietly. On the other hand, if you shoot him, there will be several different animations.”

Thus far, trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2 have brilliantly showcased the unspoiled set pieces of the Wild West, but there’s more to the world this time around. Specifically, Rockstar has spoofed up the interiors. If you’ve ever wanted to break into a home and steal jewelry from a random drawer, you may do so in this installment.

“For Red Dead Redemption 2, we tried to go further in the interiors. You can go into a house, open the drawers, take the jewelry in the drawers. Small things in even smaller things, so that the world is the deepest and most credible possible. From big coffers to small pockets in people’s jackets, you can steal everything, without ever knowing what you’re going to fall on. We tried to create a consistent world in which it is possible to jump and hold onto a train running at full speed, enter the cars, find a bag, open it and take what’s inside, come out the train without being spotted, all this will be possible.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 will arrive for PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One on October 26th.

SOURCE: WccftechJeuxActu