Rockstar Games is still riding the high of Grand Theft Auto V, the open world driving/shooting/robbing game that has sold 60 million copies as of February 2016, but that doesn't mean the studio is resting on its laurels. The development of a third game in the Red Dead series, which began in 2004 with Red Dead Revolver and continued with the massively successful Red Dead Redemption in 2010, has long been rumored.
Red Dead fans were given new hope over the weekend when Rockstar dropped a big hint about an upcoming official announcement, and now we have what looks like the first bit of teaser art for the game. The image was posted on the studio's Twitter feed, and can also be seen on the Rockstar Games website.
The artwork features seven Old West characters silhouetted against a sunset (or sunrise), all carrying guns. Of course, it's possible that Rockstar is actually teasing a tie-in game for The Magnificent Seven, but based on the color palette another Red Dead title seems more likely. Check out the image below:
This isn't the first glimpse we've had of the next Red Dead adventure; an image said to be the world map for Red Dead 3 was leaked earlier this year, along with the claim that it would be a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. The map included the Great Plains region and the city of Blackwater, both of which were in Redemption, as well as the city of New Bordeaux, the setting of 2K Games' recent crime game Mafia 3 (which was produced under the umbrella of Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive).
If the upcoming Red Dead game is a prequel, then the figure at the center of the group could be Red Dead Redemption protagonist John Marston, and the surrounding figures could be his old gang of gunslingers and outlaws. Alternatively, the multiple figures could be teasing a Red Dead game that's entirely focused on a multiplayer experience - something along the lines of Grand Theft Auto Online. Either way, players are probably going to be getting up to no good.
With teases dropped two days in a row, it's likely that this slow reveal will continue - perhaps even culminating in a teaser trailer before the week is out (hey, we can hope). While it's possible that this is actually just building up to a remastered version of one of the previous games, that would be a bit of a let-down after all this mystery. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Red Dead news as it becomes available.
Source: Rockstar Games