WHEN Rockstar Games eventually revealed Red Dead Redemption 2 at the end of last year, following a series of teaser tweets, the internet had quite the meltdown.
The British games makers, who are also the brainiacs behind the Grand Theft Auto series, made the hype even more real when it stamped a release date on the Western too.
The original Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 and was based on former outlaw John Marston, whose wife and son were taken hostage by the government in exchange for him killing three members of his former gang.
It was an instant hit, dubbed one of the best games ever to be released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and fans are already speculating what the long-awaited sequel will entail.
Here’s what we know so far about what should be one of 2017’s biggest games.
When Rockstar Games confirmed its next game back in October, they did us a solid and slapped us with an Autumn 2017 Red Dead Redemption release date too.
That means we can get involved with a new John Marston story (hopefully) by the end of this year, which gives us a mere 10 months or so to wait.
Rumours have been circling since 2013, when CEO of gaming company Take-Two Interactive Karl Slatoff revealed that they had an “extensive pipeline of unannounced titles in development” and that ”it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise.”
They also re-released the original Playstation 2 classic Red Dead Revolver on Playstation 4 on October 11, hinting at the new game and sending fans into a frenzy before teasing them with a series of tweets post-announcement.
The long-awaited trailer was released on the Rockstar website at 3pm GMT on Thursday October 20 and you can watch it in all its glory here:
Okay, so it’s more of a concept trailer than a full-on gameplay teaser, but we’ll take anything we’re so excited.
So far, Rockstar has only confirmed that the game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the studio is keeping quiet as to whether we’ll ever get a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release.
And sadly, the evidence suggests that we won’t ever get one either, because the original Red Dead Redemption was a console exclusive and never made its way to PC.
A petition has already been started urging the company to get a PC release though. You can’t blame us for trying, Rockstar.
GTA 5 eventually made its way to PC after all, so there’s hope yet.
The most exciting feature so far is the inclusion of ”a new online multiplayer experience.”
Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser said:”With Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world.
“We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”
The Red Dead Redemption 2 site also adds: “Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto 5 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.”
From the look of the teaser images released by Rockstar Games, the consensus is that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a prequel following the events of John Marston and his crew when he’s an outlaw.
For one, it looks like that’s John Marston in the centre of the poster Rockstar released below, we know that chiselled jaw by heart. We’d even hazard a guess that it could be the famous Bill Williamson, former gang partner of Marston and main antagonist of the original Red Dead Redemption, there on his right-hand side.
The idea of a prequel is also supported by a purported map of the game leaked online in back in April, 2015. The image was verified by an independent source to site TechRadar and may well be a huge clue to when the story is set. It’s just east of the map from the original game – look at the map closely you can spot the Great Plains area and Blackwater – and it’s missing a railway line suggesting we’re going back in time rather than forwards.
You can also see the city of New Bordeaux in the bottom right, which is from another Take-Two game Mafia 3 – suggesting there might be some sort of crossover.
This map shows a lot more water than in the last game, hinting that there may be new forms of transportation including swimming and sailing.
There is also a variety of terrain, including plains, deserts, swamps and snowy mountains.
Rumour has it the game might feature characters or a storyline based on classic Western The Magnificient Seven too because the website image features seven cowboys.
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