A little over two hours into Red Dead Redemption 2, Arthur has a decision to make. The Van de Linde gang have moved down from the snowy, hostile mountains known as the Grizzlies, which serve as the backdrop to the opening of the game, and have set up camp just outside the town of Valentine. The camp has needs – food primarily, but also money – and so various members of the gang head out in search of supplies.
At this point, markers appear on the mini-map – the location of other gang members, which Arthur can visit to learn the intricacies of hunting from Charles Smith, or get into a bar brawl after Bill Williamson pisses off the local landlord. But this being an open-world game – with a strong emphasis on open – he can choose to ignore them completely and go off on his own adventure.