Rockstar boss Dan Houser has revealed some startling details about Red Dead Redemption 2 in an interview with Vulture. Among other things, Houser explained that the developer team had regular 100-hour workweeks, that 500,000 sentences of dialogue were recorded, and that the story lasts about 65 hours.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a storyline that lasts about 65 hours. Dan Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games, made a number of striking statements in an interview with Vulture, including one about the playing time of Red Dead Redemption 2’s story mode. Houser also announced that the developers at Rockstar really worked hard to finish the cowboy epic: during different periods they worked a hundred hours a week (!!!) on Red Dead Redemption 2.

Logically, making the Wild West blockbuster has been a massive undertaking, as the final version of the game has 300,000 animations and 500,000 lines of dialogue. The storyline of Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally even longer than the 65 hours that you will be served in eleven days: Rockstar cut five hours from the story that “wouldn’t work.”

It is a part of the story in which a possible love relationship for protagonist Arthur Morgan is discussed and some missions that according to Rockstar were technically incorrect, did not run smoothly, or were unnecessary. During one of those canceled missions, Arthur had to deal with a group of bounty hunters on a train:

It was fun at first, but then it wasn’t. This part of the process is always about compromise and horse trading. Everyone always loses bits of the game they love.

Vulture’s article continues with a lot of other numbers about the production of Red Dead Redemption 2: the final script for the storyline contains two thousand pages. Rockstar has reportedly paid 1,200 actors for motion-capture work, 700 of which also recorded dialogue for the story. The 65 hours of storyline, according to Vulture, is subject to the tempo and the way you play.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One. For more Red Dead news, check out Dennis’s preview or the latest Red Dead 2 gameplay trailer.