Rockstar's environment artists have always done a great job imo. Every open world title is full with details and every area (desert, mountain, beach, city...) just "feels right". But what about snow in their games? I remember playing San Andreas in 2004. I really enjoyed the "Saint Mark's Bistro" mission where you fly to Liberty City during winter. Or Tall Trees and Chochinay in Red Dead Redemption 6 years later. Or the latest, North Yankton in GTA V. But over the last 5+ years other games like Mafia II (2010) or Assassin's Creed III (2012) did a better job when it comes to snowy landscapes imo. Sure, you could say that R* never really tried to create a big snowy open world area (so far) but i always thought that they could do a better job than Ubisoft or other developers. Down below is a little comparison between a few big open world titles.
Red Dead Redemption 2:
But with the reveal trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 i think it's safe to say that snow will cover a big part of the map this time. Even more so if the leaked map with "The Grizzlies" area turns out to be the real deal. The mountain ranges in the back look massive. Rockstar will probably use them as a world barrier but i guess most of this terrain can be fully explored. What do you guys think? Maybe Rockstar will also implement some track reader side missions (tracking down wanted people or wild animals). Changing seasons would be awesome of course, but i highly doubt that this will happen. Personally I can't wait to ride up there with my horse during night time, looking for some bears or just listening to the ambient sound while it's snowing.
Just a few thoughts about snow in Red Dead Redemption 2... Happy Christmas everyone!