Rockstar has revealed the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the highly-anticipated sequel (or possible more accurate, prequel) to 2010's smash-hit western.

The 68-second trailer gives away little, showing largely shots of animals and silent characters in a number of gorgeous-looking vistas, from forests to, lakes rivers and fields, and a herd of bison being disrupted as a steam train chugs through.

The main sign of civilisation is a shot of "Worths General Store" as a horse-drawn carriage wheels past. The scene appears to support the idea it is a prequel, with the town looking far less advanced than the Blackwater or Armadillo towns of Red Dead Redemption.

Towards the end of the trailer, a solo character is seen surveying a burning scene, accompanied by the trailer's 17 words: "Listen to me, when the time comes, you gotta run and don't look back. This is over."

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Towards the end of the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, a solo character is seen surveying a burning scene.
Towards the end of the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, a solo character is seen surveying a burning scene.

It ends with seven horseback figures charging down a hill, harking back to the teaser image released earlier this week.

The game will be out in Autumn 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.