Red Dead Redemption 2

Publisher Rockstar Games has revealed some interesting statistics about its upcoming action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2.

In an interview with Vulture, Rockstar co-founder and vice president of creativity Dan Houser revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 features 500,000 lines of dialogue recorded by 700 voice actors. The game features an additional 500 actors—all SAG-AFTRA—presumably for motion capture performances, which were recorded over 2,200 days of work and totals 300,000 animations. One of these actors is Canadian-born Graham Greene, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1990.

The game’s script is immense in itself, with the main story script reaching nearly 2,000 pages. Houser, however, estimates that the pile of stacked pages “would be eight feet high” if all side mission and additional dialogue was included. Writer Lazlow Jones also revealed that even some of the game’s NPCs have 80-page scripts each. Houser revealed that the game is 60 hours in length, but five hours of content featuring a second love interest for protagonist Arthur Morgan was recently dumped. “We decided one of [the love interests] didn’t work,” says Houser.

Several other missions were also removed from the game because “they were never going to work technically or be quite slick enough, or they felt superfluous.” The game will feature 192 interactive mission scores composed by musician Woody Jackson.

Finally, Houser revealed that several employees worked more than 100 hours in some weeks in order to complete the game on time, demonstrating the developer’s dedication to the title.

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Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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