While Rockstar is doing a great job keeping a lid on all things Red Dead Redemption 2, they can’t possibly keep everything under wraps. A new art book is now up on Amazon and it gives away the time period in which the upcoming game is set.
Red Dead Redemption was set in 1911 which was roughly the end of the seventy-year span of the western frontier. We already know that Red Dead Redemption 2 is set sometime before Red Dead Redemption.
Here’s a look at the now removed official description of the Art of Red Dead Redemption 2:
Makers of the groundbreaking Grand Theft Auto series, award-winning Bully, Max Payne, L.A Noire, and many others, Rockstar Games crafted Red Dead Redemption II the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linda gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America at the turn of the century in order to survive.
The Art of Red Dead Redemption II is the official visual companion to Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated game release, and is a peek behind the curtain of Rockstar Games and its intensely guarded approach to the creation of the lush, Old west open-world gameplay. A first for this secretive company, Rockstar Games has released storyboards and behind the scenes inner workings of the game’s creation, with a mix of detailed original art, concept, story, and character studies, sketches, and actual screen grabs of the end result that led to the creation of this spectacular game. The Art of Red Dead Redemption II is equal parts a collection of behind the scenes art if this epic adventure and pictural love letter to the western genre, and Red Dead Redemption II is sure to captivate both a new gaming audience and devoted fans of Rockstar.
The description mentions that players will embark to an adventure “at the turn of the century.” This should place Red Dead Redemption 2 somewhere between 1899 and 1901, 10 years or so before the events of the previous game.