Rockstar Games has revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will boast around 200 species of animals as part of a comprehensive ecosystem. 

Each creature will behave and respond in a unique way to their environment, so they won't just be plonked in the game world to decorate the wilderness, so to speak. For example, wolves will hunt their quarry in packs, possums will play dead, while herds of deer and bison traverse the large plains as they would in real life.

Even scavengers will play their part in the complex ecosystem of Red Dead 2, sniffing out carcasses and biting at scraps when given the chance. There's also 19 horse breeds to get to grips with, so you'll be spoilt for choice when picking a noble steed for your adventures. 

As always, Red Dead 2 will allow you to skin and catch various animals to further your efforts in the Wild West, from skinning venomous snakes to indulging in a spot of fishing by the river. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for release on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Rockstar Games has confirmed that it will release the game's multiplayer companion, Red Dead Online, in November. Meanwhile, Sony's announced a bunch of PS4 hardware bundles for those looking to jump on the bandwagon. 

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