Today Rockstar provided us with an extensive look at the weapons in the game. Touching upon weapon types, customization and upgrading, we now have a definitive view on how these systems will work prior to launch. The post doesn't spill all the beans, but it does give us a taste of what kind of guns we can expect to shoot and get shot by.
The game will feature a total of 50 unique weapons, which you can further differentiate with extensive customization and upgrade options. Some weapons return from Red Dead Redemption, like the classic Cattleman Revolver, while others are entirely new to the prequel.
Named outright in the reveal are the aforementioned Cattleman, the Volcanic Pistol, the Springfield Rifle, the Sawed-Off Shotgun, the Litchfield Repeater, the Bolt-Action Rifle, the Carbine Repeater and the Pump-Action Shotgun. That leaves 42 weapons we don't yet know about, though we're sure some pop up in trailer footage.
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While 50 weapons is impressive on its own, what's even more impressive is the depth of the customization.
Almost every major component of every gun can be individually customized, upgrades and swapped out. You can tweak the look of a gun with various metals, woods, engravings and even specific inlay-metals for those engravings. These don't affect the entire gun either - you can customize a gun so that every component is utterly different from the rest.
This depth is maintained with upgrades as well. Each component can be either improved or outright replaced for improved performance. As you dig into the game's crafting system, you yourself can forge superior weapon components, but until then, you can purchase these upgrades.
Each weapon is unique, and they react realistically and dynamically to use. In Red Dead Redemption 2, the more you use a gun the more adept Arthur will be with it, however, an oft-used weapon will start to wear down. If you don't maintain and clean your arsenal, even you most trusty gun can jam up on you.
The gun itself isn't the only thing to pay attention to either. Various bullet types - many of which can be crafted - will yield different results in different situations. Some explode, some pierce armor, some are more effective against unarmored opponents and so on.
You can also upgrade Arthur's holsters. Some holsters protect your weapons from dirt and wear, while others allow you to wield two one-handed guns at the same time. Ammo belt upgrades will also be available.