Meet all 23(!) members of Red Dead Redemption 2's Van der Linde Gang, your dysfunctional outlaw family

The Van der Linde Gang is a central plot point of the original Red Dead Redemption (opens in new tab); as John Marston, you're tasked by the government with eliminating the remaining members of the notorious band of outlaws you once were part of. But it turns out this clan of criminals was way bigger than many thought, and Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab), being set before the events of RDR, is your chance to meet the whole crew.

There are a whopping 23 members of the Van der Linde Gang, and it's quite the colorful assortment of characters for you to interact with. Developer Rockstar Games recently released short biographies (opens in new tab) and quotes for each to give you a sense of who these folks are, which you can read below:

There's a surprising amount of variety to these cutthroats, low-lifes, and misfits, and I admit reading about them has probably made me more interested in RDR 2 than anything else. I grew up on a farm so the fantasy of riding a horse and playing cowboy doesn't really appeal to me, but I can't say my childhood playtime imaginings ever involved having an ex-clergyman, a flamboyant conman, or a shrewd Austrian in my crew. But hey, that's what video games are for, right?

Rockstar's open-world crime and thievery simulator goes on sale October 26, 2018. If you're having trouble passing the time, why not catch up on all the Red Dead Redemption 2 news (opens in new tab) we've gathered thus far, or read up on what makes RDR 2 different from GTA 5 (opens in new tab), according to the devs?  

Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.