Expectations of most fans have been let down after it has been confirmed that the character swap feature is not coming to Red Dead Redemption 2. Gamers were anticipating that the popular GTA V features would also be enabled by Rockstar Games in the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2.
The Art Director at Rockstar Games, Joshua Brass confirmed that the feature is not coming to the upcoming action-adventure game. He explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the storyline of Red Dead Redemption 2 is more focused on the struggles of Arthur Morgan:
“Sticking with a single character felt more appropriate for the structure and narrative of a Western. Arthur lives with and fights alongside the other members of the Van der Linde gang, and they are a group of fully realized characters with relationships to each other and to Arthur, but this is Arthur’s story and we are placing players firmly in Arthur’s boots as he and the gang deal with a rapidly changing world. We think people will really love the feeling of being in the gang. It isn’t like anything we’ve done before.”
Previously, in Grand Theft Auto V players were able to shift between multiple playable characters and even Brass admitted that this feature “made sense and was a lot of fun in Grand Theft Auto V”, however, Rockstar Games aims to take Red Dead Redemption 2 to a whole another direction.
Josh further discussed the significance of Dutch Van Der Linde’s character regarding the story buildup of Arthur Morgan. Dutch’s recently released poster brought back the memories of his role in the original title prior to Red Dead Redemption 2. He was seen leading a gang in Red Dead Redemption 1 but this time around we’ll get to know more about how he got there. As Brass told:
“In Red Dead Redemption 2 you get to see that gang, including Marston, at the peak of their notoriety and at the very moment things begin to fall apart,” says Bass. “This story focuses on Arthur Morgan, Dutch’s most trusted enforcer. Adopted into the gang by Dutch when he was a young boy, Arthur considers the gang to be his family — Dutch has given his life some much‐needed purpose, and the gang has served as the one positive and constant in Arthur’s life.”
This goes on to show that the interaction system in Red Dead Redemption 2 is one thing to certainly look forward to.