Red Dead Redemption 2: Rockstar’s sequel to their award winning Western-themed title Red Dead Redemption has been coming for a long time. Speculation started rearing its head about what was then called Red Dead 3 by some following shortly after the release of John Marston’s epic adventure, and by the time 2016 rolled around, the leaks started appearing more authentic in nature. No wonder that Rockstar felt the pressure to announce the game at a time when they were clearly not ready, and at present, the earlier announced Fall 2017 release date also stands delayed. But when it comes to Red Dead Redemption 2, there is no lack of hype surrounding the game. Let’s get down to analyzing all that we have so far.
The Story So Far
2016 was a crazy year, and all sorts of rumors started swirling around the game that was yet to be announced. Rockstar felt the pressure tightening and announced the game late in October last year. The news was rolled out over a number of days, and the developers released a couple of poster images (check out the one above) as well as a trailer video. But while we expected a few more details to surface over the coming months, it has been six months and counting and the only update that we have managed to get our hands on in the meantime is that of the delay.
Frankly, we were unsurprised. The lack of updates following the initial announcement was a clear pointer to the fact that the game had been announced way ahead of time; especially when we were hoping for some insights into who all those people featured on the poster were, and what the multiple characters would mean for the game. As of now, Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for a 2018 release, but the lack of a specific date makes us wonder if we will see some more delays along the way. But we’re not really complaining. Right now, we’re busy fawning over the newly released screenshots from Red Dead Redemption 2. By the way, they have not been spared the analysis either. Read on to know more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Rumors: Things We Might See
To dig a little deeper into all that is unofficial about Red Dead Redemption 2, there are a lot of hints that point towards the new game being very different from its predecessors. First off, it is surprising that Rockstar is presumably doing a direct sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption instead a third independent title. The two Red Dead games to have come out in the past were not related by story, and the only thing they had in common was the era they were set in. But multiple reports suggest that all is not how it seems with the title in the works.
Not a Sequel after all: The title of the upcoming game suggests that it will have story connections with its immediate predecessor, but the question that immediately arises is: how? For as we all know, the ending of Red Dead Redemption is clue enough to the fact that Marston will not find his way back into a sequel. The answer, however, lies in a leak that had surfaced even before Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced. A leaked image showed up on NeoGAF (via TechRadar) last year, and claims suggested that it was from the third Red Dead entry. While many were quick to dismiss it as fake, those closely associated with the developers said that it was, indeed, the real deal. The more interesting bit was, as the relatively barren nature of the map suggested, the game was actually being designed as a prequel to the 2010 installment. It was also notable that it included a new location called New Bordeaux- the same fictional location that serves as the setting for Take-Two Interactive’s (Rockstar’s parent company) Mafia 3. Maybe a kind of shared universe is in the making, which would certainly be a very ambitious undertaking? But we doubt it.
New Protagonist(s)?: Another rumor from last year (once again, before the game’s announcement), suggested that Red Dead Redemption 2 was bidding goodbye to the trend of having one single protagonist at its center and that the narrative this time was being built around a number of new protagonists, much like Rockstar’s own GTA 5. Now that remains to be seen, but the announcement poster had us wondering if that could really be on the cards. The poster that you can see above shows seven shadowy figures in the horizon. While thinking that the number could equal to the number of playable protagonists we will have in the new game may sound a little like wishful thinking, one never really knows.
Marston’s Comeback: Well, it wouldn’t really be a comeback in the traditional sense, but considering the fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 could be a prequel, we could end up seeing a much younger Marston in action. In fact, don’t you think the man on the far left in the announcement poster looks a lot like Marston?
Possible Hero: Even as speculation rages on about having multiple protagonists, there might be a single one leading the pack. And it looks as though we have a clue into who that could be, thanks to GamesRadar. In a post that analyzes Rockstar’s newly released screenshots from Red Dead Redemption 2, the publication points out that the one guy that seems to be featured a lot in every media that we have seen so far (including the new photos) actually looks a lot like Dutch van der Linde, the same guy who led Marston’s gang in the original RDR. If that is indeed the case, then perhaps we will get to see Marston some more after all, although whether we will be able to play as him still remains a question.
Locale: You may think that we have already covered this in the “Prequel” section, but hey, there’s more to feed the fantasy. GamesRadar’s writers think that the images suggest that the new game will be set in the late 1800s- a leap forward in time by a while compared to the last game. The main clue comes from the weapons that the aforementioned character is seen wielding in the pictures. If they coincide with the suggested Colt SAA and Smith and Wesson Model 3, then these guns were mostly in use between “1873 to 1892, and 1869 to 1915.” However, they don’t explicitly suggest that the game may be set during an earlier time, but instead state that it could feature a “turn of the century setting, maybe continuing on from, or around the same time as, the previous game’s ending.”
A Woman in the Midst of the Outlaws: We love this argument, especially because ever since rumors about Red Dead Redemption 2 started doing the rounds, we have silently wanted the creators to introduce a female protagonist. There’s no way to tell if that’s on the cards, but it looks like the gang featured in all the different media so far has a female member in their midst. For this one, let us go back to a particular shot in the announcement trailer. The character on the far right actually looks a lot like a woman.
There’s a clue in the latest screenshots as well- in this particular one below, you can see a pair of hands holding on to a pair of gorgeous weapons and pointing them towards someone. Now there’s no telling who this is, but the hands do look softer and more feminine. Could this be the same woman from the trailer?
Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer
The announcement trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, and the only one we have seen so far, was released on October 20, 2016. It shows off some gorgeous landscapes, a very detailed and dingy little Western town, and presumably the same gang that was featured in the poster in more detail. Take a look.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date
While Rockstar had initially announced a Fall 2017 release window for Red Dead Redemption 2, it has now been pushed back to an unspecified Spring 2018 date. The announcement was made by Rockstar recently and backed by Take-Two Interactive during their recent earnings report. The publishing giant said that the extra time was needed to perfect the game, as it is the first title that Rockstar is building from the ground up for the eighth-gen consoles.
There’s a lot to look forward to in Red Dead Redemption 2, and the lack of updates from the creators just seems to make the itch worse for us. We wish we could just stop feeding off of the rumors and finally start getting to know the game that we are about to get, but it seems like that won’t happen in a while. So until there is more, we will keep updating this page with more on our wishlist for Red Dead Redemption 2 and more. More news will be added too, as they come. Chime in to let us know what you would like to see in the upcoming game in the comments section below.