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​Red Dead Redemption 2's Completion Time Cut Down, Still 60 Hours Long

​Red Dead Redemption 2's Completion Time Cut Down, Still 60 Hours Long

Rockstar Games has removed around five hours of gameplay from their upcoming blockbuster Red Dead Redemption 2, but don't worry - it's still long as hell.

The Wild West shooter will now require players to commit around 60 hours time if they want to achieve 100% completion, and that's just for the campaign. November's Red Dead Online is a whole new ballgame.

This news was revealed during a Vulture interview with Dan Houser, who gave an explanation for Rockstar's time-cutting decision.

Credit: Rockstar
Credit: Rockstar
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After speaking about acting within Red Dead 2, which is fully finished, Houser said Rockstar planned to give Arthur Morgan two love interests, which later whittled down to one.

The studio "decided one of them didn't work" because "they were never going to work technically or be quite slick enough, or they felt superfluous." This led to the initial 65-hour game time shrinking to 60.

"We removed a mission on a train where you had to deal with bounty hunters, because it was fun at first, but then it wasn't. This part of the process is always about compromise and horse trading. Everyone always loses bits of the game they love."

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Of course, losing a few hours here and there isn't what gamers want - but when you realise how big Red Dead 2 still is, you'll probably be thankful for Rockstar's decision.

As Rockstar Intel highlighted, RD2's game length will cast a shadow over some of the best, and biggest, AAA titles released to date. I guess that explains why each NPC has 80-page scripts.

Red Dead Redemption, GTA V, and The Witcher boast 20 hour, 30 hour, and 50 hour completion times, respectively. When you factor in all the messing around you do in between missions, Red Dead 2 is going to last you forever. Goodbye, weekends.

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What do you think about this news? Were you expecting something this huge? Do you wish the extra five hours were kept in? Are you planning to pass on the Western title? Let us know.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to launch on 26 October for Xbox One and PS4 only.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Topics: red dead redemption 2, Rockstar Games, Entertainment, Story, campaign, Technology, Wild West

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.