In case you missed it, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming out
It takes a lot to overshadow the first reveal of a new Rockstar game. It’s been three years since the last release, so the news carried some weight. It just came up against some unfortunate competition.
While the gaming world was full of justifiable “oooos” and “ahhhhs” over Nintendo’s new console, Rockstar somewhat quietly released the first teaser trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. The trailer doesn’t really tell us much other than it is set in the Old West like its predecessor. There are horses, guns, and plenty of nature to contend with.
The game won’t be released for a year or so – an exact date wasn’t given – so there is plenty of time to fill in the gaps.
The 2010 game was a huge hit, and in the six years since its release, if anything it has only increased in popularity. It’s become a quintessential game, a “must-play.” And now that it’s backwards compatible with the Xbox One, there are probably a few stragglers that will experience it for the first time on the new system – especially given the inevitable hype that will accompany the sequel in the coming year.
With that said, there are a bunch of questions, especially how the story connects to the previous game (and possibly its predecessor, Red Dead Revolver). Without going into spoilers, Red Dead Redemption had a satisfying ending, or at least a definitive one. There was the potential to continue the story, but the time frame may not sync up.
The original was set mostly in 1911 and outlined the next several years, so a true sequel would likely put it around the 1920s at the earliest. That seems to contradict the trailer though, which, technologically, is still focused on steam and horsepower – actual horses, that is. Given Rockstar’s history with introducing new characters for each iteration of Grand Theft Auto, it may be safe to assume the star of RDR2 wil be someone brand new.
Nintendo won’t always have the spotlight, so expect to see a whole lot more on this game soon leading up to its Fall 2017 release.