Rockstar Games revealed 23 Red Dead Redemption 2 characters via social media today, answering some questions we had about the storyline and raising several more.
This comes in the wake of a piece of art showing Dutch's wanted poster being posted yesterday.
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Each image shows character art laid over a generic landscape background with a quote added to it. The fact that these characters are revealed together, the content of their quotes, details in the artwork and what we know of some of them would indicate that all are members of Dutch's gang.
A frequent theme among the quotes are references to living free, anti-government sentiments and mentions of crimes.
A couple of characters are familiar faces, such as Dutch van der Linde, Bill Williamson, Javier Escuella, John Marston, Abigail Roberts (now we know her maiden name), Jack Marston and Uncle. A couple of new characters about whom we already knew, like Sadie Adler and Charles Smith also appear in the line-up.
However, the majority of the characters are entirely new.
Arthur Morgan's card was posted last, as he is the player character and carries enough importance to indicate to the fans who were taped to the screen all day (as the images were posted one by one over a period of several hours) that it's over.
Most of our questions pertain to the involvement of some of these characters - Uncle was never mentioned to have been a member of the Van der Linde Gang in Red Dead Redemption. He did appear in some of the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers before, but those didn't clear up this question either.
Another curious detail is that Abigail is shown with her maiden name yet Jack is already several years old.
The new characters serve their share of questions as well. In particular, Josiah Trelawny. The well dressed, elegant gentleman bears great resemblance to the Strange Man from Red Dead Redemption. The Strange Man expresses familiarity with John during the game, and even says "Why would you remember me, friend? You've forgotten far more important people than me." at one point indicating past interaction. However, if he was a gang member, clearly John would remember him.
It's possible Josiah is simply a standard top-hat archetype who happens to be similar to the Strange Man to fuel speculation, or maybe he is the Strange Man and the odd happenings related to him somehow tie in to why none of these new characters are so much as mentioned in Red Dead Redemption - maybe they are the "far more important people" John has forgotten?
You can check out all of the images on Rockstar's Twitter feed. We'll learn more about these characters on the 26th of October, when Red Dead Redemption 2 is released.