For Red Dead 2: The Masque Of The Red Dead to have the same success, it too needs to embrace the allure of an unpredictable wilderness, and not be afraid to cheaply kill players with attacks by animals that are seemingly possessed by a vengeful god.
Unpredictably, after all, is part of what made Red Dead so great. You'd never know what you'd run into if you just wandered around frontier America. Maybe you'd stumble across a robbery you could foil. Maybe a stranger would send you on a mysterious quest. Maybe you'd encounter a cart pulled by a horse which had somehow ingested so much caffeine that it vibrated itself into the stratosphere.
Maybe you'd find men and women who, in this great era of technological advancement, were trying to find innovation in the very ways we sit and walk.