Red Dead Redemption 2 is being developed by Rockstar Studios, a collaborative effort between all of Rockstar Games’ studios functioning as a single team, using the proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE). Woody Jackson, who co-composed the score of Red Dead Redemption, reprises his role. In an interview with Harold Goldberg of magazine New York published on October 15, 2018, Dan Houser, Rockstar Games’ co-founder and vice-president for creative, and head writer for Red Dead Redemption 2, stated that they had been working 100-hour weeks “several times in 2018”. Many sources interpreted this statement as “crunch time” for the entire development staff of the game, comparable to similar accusations made by wives of Rockstar San Diego employees in regards to the development of the game’s predecessor, with Rockstar Games receiving strong criticism. In a statement sent by Rockstar to various media outlets that same day, it was clarified that the work duration mentioned by Houser only affected the senior writing staff for Red Dead Redemption 2, which comprised himself, Mike Unsworth, Rupert Humphries and Lazlow Jones, and that the duration had only been the case for three weeks during the entire development. Houser also added that the company would never expect or force any employee to work as long as was stated, and if anyone was staying late at the development studios, it would be due to their passion for the project.