Rockstar Games pulled off the rare feat yesterday of catching the video game media by surprise with a cryptic teaser that seemed to be announcing a sequel to their beloved open world western, Red Dead Redemption. Gamers and games journalists alike were immediately brought to attention by the mysterious image - one placing the company's ubiquitous logo amidst a grimy-looking red slate that only vaguely suggests any connection to the celebrated 2010 adventures of outlaw John Marston.
Now, it's official: Red Dead Redemption 2 is set for a Fall 2017 release. No other information has been revealed about the long-demanded title at this point, save for confirmation that an official trailer is expected to land on Thursday morning (October 20th, at the time of writing this).
The original red teaser image has since been updated to incorporate the Red Dead Redemption 2 title (see below) and features a painted sunrise as well as a silhouette image of seven differently-costumed/armed individuals walking in a line reminiscent of key art from both the original and 2016 version of The Magnificent Seven. Here is the official logline for the sequel game:
"Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience."
Left unsaid is whether or not the game will continue (or expand upon) the exploits of Red Dead Redemption's central antihero John Marston. Given that the game takes place primarily after Marston's eventful past life as an outlaw, it's possible a prequel could offer players the chance to live out his earlier exploits in a still-growing Wild West. It also may be worth noting that he wasn't the first protagonist in the franchise: Redemption was technically a pseudo-sequel to a less popular title, Red Dead Revolver, featuring a Clint Eastwood-inspired hero named Nate Harlow - a character who could conceivably have a presence in this sequel.
Notably, only Playstation 4 and Xbox One are listed as platforms for Red Dead Redemption 2 so far. No indication has been offered as to when it might come to PC or whether it will make an appearance on Nintendo's NX console (which is expected to support games of comparable size and processing requirements to its immediate competitors). However, fans of those platforms will likely take note the PC releases coming later is an increasingly common practice; and even if the game is planned for the NX, it wouldn't have been announced yet anyway, as official details on the NX are still firmly under-wraps for the time being.
Stick with Screen Rant for more updates on Red Dead Redemption 2 as they develop.
Source: Rockstar Games