In an in-depth interview with Rockstar’s Co-founder and VP of Creativity, Dan Houser, Vulture is reporting that Red Dead Redemption 2‘s story is approximately 60 hours in length. The interview reveals that five hours of “the 65-hour game are dumped” following the completion of all the acting for the story mode. The 60-hour number comes about through some simple subtraction. 65 – 5 = 60. Quick maths.
The removed five hours apparently related to a second love interest for the game’s protagonist, Arthur Morgan, simply because they decided it “didn’t work.” Additionally, other missions were removed in their entirety as they weren’t “going to work technically or be quite slick enough.”