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.