Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed, Coming Fall 2017

Posted by | October 18, 2016 | News, PlayStation 4, Xbox One | No Comments
Red Dead Redemption 2

Well, that escalated quickly.

The trickle of teaser images from Sunday and Monday evolved into a torrential downpour with today’s revelation. Rockstar Games married Monday’s image of the silhouetted cowboys with the title, Red Dead Redemption 2 – officially confirming the long-awaited sequel.

One of the few details being released with the announcement is a date, Fall 2017. The website also mentions PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

“Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland,” writes the brief news post. “The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

An official trailer is coming this Thursday at 11am ET/8am PT. This entire week is being taken over by Red Dead news (sorry Civ 6).

The lack of a PC version is disappointing, but not surprising. Grand Theft Auto V took two years for a PC port. Red Dead Redemption never did come to PC.

A “brand new online multiplayer experience” is mentioned in the initial blurb. Grand Theft Auto V’s GTA Online was a natural evolution of the not-quite-massively online multiplayer from RDR.

Nothing is known about the story this early on. Given the title is a direct sequel, we could expect to see characters and story threads from RDR – or even a prequel of John Marston’s adventures. The teaser image may point to a motley crew, with a Mass Effect 2 plot – aka The Magnificent Seven. Will we have multiple playable protagonists a la GTA V? Hopefully we’ll learn more with Thursday’s trailer.

Red Dead Redemption 2 just became one of the most anticipated games of next year. But don’t forget that too much hype can be dangerous.

Eric Watson

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