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We’re so close to Red Dead Redemption 2 now that you can almost smell the scent of smoking six-shooters in the air, but it’s also so near that we’re wondering whether Rockstar can live up to outrageous expectations. With its previous games, the company’s consistently raised the bar for sandbox stories, and we’re curious whether the impending Western can do the same.

Take-Two, the publishing overlord at the very top of the Rockstar pyramid, is feeling pretty bullish about things, telling investors that the game marks “another creative milestone” for the company and will “redefine our industry”. Bold words. CEO Strauss Zelnick failed to elaborate on exactly how the title will achieve that, but we’ve got to be due new information any day now.

Posters are going up around the world, and even care packages are being sent to press, so the label must be getting ready for a blowout. Right? Right?!