When is Red Dead Redemption 2 set? And is RDR2 a sequel or a prequel? In this guide we’re going to answer some lingering questions about Rockstar’s smash hit Western, including the time period that the title takes place in, and whether it continues or precedes the story of the original Red Dead Redemption on the PlayStation 3. All spoiler free, of course!

What Year Does Red Dead Redemption 2 Take Place In?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in 1899, prior to the events of Red Dead Redemption, which takes place in 1911. The time period is important, because it taps into the beginning of the end for the Wild West era. You play as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, which features a younger John Marston as one of its members.

Is Red Dead Redemption 2 a Sequel or a Prequel?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is both in many ways. Gameplay-wise, this is obviously an improvement upon Rockstar’s 2010 title, with a much richer, detailed world to explore. However, speaking purely narratively, this is a prequel, taking place prior to the events of Red Dead Redemption.