Is The Last Of Us 2 Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Working on Red Dead Redemption 2?

The Last Of Us 2 composter Gustavo Santaolalla may be working on Red Dead Redemption 2's soundtrack, according to a clever Twitter user.

A clever Twitter user might have just uncovered that The Last Of Us 2 composer Gustavo Santaolalla might be working on the music for Red Dead Redemption 2. The Twitter user made the discovery that the trailer music for the Red Dead trailer was a fairly close match to a previously made track by Santaolalla.

While there’s nothing that’s been confirmed yet, the two stylings apparently being the same song could mean we can expect to see the same sort of music we heard in The Last Of Us, in Red Dead Redemption 2. Santaolalla also wrote the music for the original Last Of Us game.

The song in question that the Twitter user noticed was a song called “Apertura from the Motorcycle Diaries”, a song that Santaolalla composed himself. If that song has been remixed for the Red Dead Redemption 2 debut trailer that came out late last year, it might be an indication of where Gustavo Santaolalla has been between The Last Of Us and The Last Of Us 2.

Apparently, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been in development since around 2013, the same year that The Last Of Us released. If Santaolalla left The Last Of Us’s development to immediately start working on Red Dead Redemption 2, it wouldn’t really be surprising.

Both The Last Of Us and the Red Dead series are in a world where dark deeds and human nature go hand-in-hand in the lawless fringes of society. Bandits and random killings, and people doing what they think they have to is an important part of both worlds.

The same dark and subdued sort of music that The Last Of Us used would, therefore, be a good fit for Red Dead Redemption 2, with players out in the deserts and wilderness, free of civilization.

If Gustavo Santaolalla really is composing for Red Dead Redemption 2, however, all we can do is wait and see if he’s in the game’s credits to know for sure.

Hunter is senior news writer at He is a long time fan of strategy, RPG, and tabletop games. When he is not playing games, he likes to write about them.