There have been quite a few rumors going around regarding Red Dead Redemption 2, especially since Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has described the game as a “permanent franchise.” Still, we didn’t have a lot of details regarding the sequel, not until a Neogaf user named Mideon has posted a Red Dead Redemption 2 map, which looks incredibly promising. Moreover, sources indicate that the map is indeed accurate and that it is located just east of Red Dead Redemption. One of the map’s most important highlights comes in the form of a region named New Bordeaux, which is actually a fictional name used for New Orleans in Mafia III.
A closer look reveals plenty of small islands as well as vast water-covered areas, which is interesting because the first Red Dead Redemption didn’t allow players to swim anywhere. This hints that players might be able to swim or at least drive boats in RDR2, which would definitely be a welcomed addition. At this point, we don’t even know if the game will be named Red Dead Redemption 2, but that’s not really the most important detail right now. Red Dead Redemption’s sequel is definitely one of the most anticipated games in the industry, which is understandable considering that it’s been six years since the original game’s release.
According to rumour, Rockstar is set to reveal its sequel to Wild West open world shooter Red Dead Redemption at E3 this Summer. I know, we’ve been here before: the very same report emerged around the same time last year, and nothing happened. But, according to a Fraghero source, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been in secret production for years and is due for release in 2017.
“Fraghero received an email from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous claiming that the game has been in development for over 4 years and is in fact called Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends Of The West,” the post reads. “He also claimed that the game will be coming out in the fall of 2017 and Rockstar Games is going to announce it during E3 (which takes place in June) this year. He informed us that the game is going to contain more than one playable character and feature a much bigger open world than the last Red Dead title.”
We do know that Rockstar intends to produce a sequel to the critically-acclaimed game at some point, with Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, revealing last year:
“I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others.”
This latest rumour, unverified as it is, could well be a fabrication, but that doesn’t mean RDR2 won’t be revealed at E3. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Red Dead Redemption is one of the greatest open world games ever created and PC gamers have been longing for a PC release for many years. Sadly, it seems this was never up for consideration according to Red Dead Redemption’s lead multiplayer designer, Kris Roberts who said during a Twitch stream:
“I don’t think there was ever an intention to have a PC version of Red Dead Redemption. I was actually really shocked that they did a PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Obviously in development, we were all PC based and had it running for win32 clients for the entire development. But as far as the licensing for the consoles and stuff, it was pretty much always going to be an X360 and PS3 title… we never really seriously talked about optimizing it for PC.”
The popularity of PC gaming has dramatically increased over the last decade so that could explain Rockstar’s initial dismissive nature towards the platform. Hopefully, the sales of GTA V on PC will provide enough encouragement to make them port the game to PC in the future. This is a possibility if Rockstar decides to make a HD remaster for the current-generation consoles.
I do find it a bit perplexing to hear Roberts’ surprise regarding Grand Theft Auto V. Firstly, the GTA franchise had strong roots on the PC and every single major release has eventually come to the platform. Not only that, PC gaming is already a resounding success and becoming more profitable than consoles. Therefore, to limit a huge title like GTA V to the consoles wouldn’t make business sense. Rockstar were very shrewd and managed to get certain customers to purchase the game on Xbox 360/PS3 then current-generation consoles and finally PC.
On another note, retail console games have a very short lifespan and years down the line, the majority of sales result in very little money due to the second hand market. PC gaming is a completely different beast with the modding community and Steam sales. I’m honestly finding Roberts’ analysis and general train-of-thought to be extremely contradictory.
A reddit user claiming to be a former developer at Rockstar Games has leaked details regarding an as-yet-unconfirmed follow-up to 2010’s sandbox Western, Red Dead Redemption.
The user, AnonDN1978, reckons the new game will be a prequel, set twelve years before the first game, called Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West, and is set for current-gen and PC releases, with the PC release to follow one month after its appearance on consoles.
The game will feature three playable characters: one new, one from the first game, with the third being a user-created character. AnonDN1978 says:
“The two “main” characters are Irish and Seth. Irish will be brought up in Ireland and will move to the Americas when he is fifteen and moves to the game setting when he turns twenty one. Seth is from Kansas City and works as a teller in a bank. He then hears of a treasure and uses his life savings to bring his family to Texas in the town of Tumbleweed. Throughout the story we experience him unraveling to his state of mind in the original game, losing his wife, children, home, and possessions to his treasure.
The third person is a character you create similar to multiplayer in GTA V. You choose his clothes and horse. Although you can unlock outfits for Seth and Irish, the third person (Who you name) can acquire all different kinds of Western tops, bottoms, boots, gloves, and hats.
Horses will also bring completely new customization to the game. You can choose there type/breed like the last game, but now you can also choose what saddle they have (with their own boosts and stats), storage, and paint.
You can also buy your own safe house and customize it.
Also, all of this carries over into multiplayer.
There will be many new and more thought out stranger missions as well as roughly thirty campaign missions for both Seth and Irish. The third character can be involved in the campaign, but can not be used in missions. He will appear as a “gun for hire” and works with Seth and Irish, tying the stories together.
“You” (the third character) will be in free roam, but Irish and Seth can be called in as companions (but not be played as), as well as other people. You will meet many of the characters from the original game including young Bonny Macfarlane, Sherriff, and even John Marston, but he will still be in his gang.
A big new part of the RDR prequel is the new gang system. You can join several different gangs, or if you think you are up for it you can join the law enforcement of certain towns, but this will restrict you on things you can do like robbing. Although you can rob it might cost you your hard earned career and possibly your life. You can also bring in a posse (up to 4-8 friends) to single player, technically co op now. You can take on certain side missions and a few campaign missions with your posse.”
Regarding the game’s formal reveal by Rockstar, he says:
“RDR 2 LotW will be announced at the upcoming E3 event.”
Since AnonDN1978’s position as a former Rockstar developer is not confirmed, take all of the above with a healthy scepticism, especially since Rockstar has never in its history announced a new game at E3.
Every Rockstar game you could ever desire – from Grand Theft Auto V to Red Dead Redemption and even Canis Canem Edit/Bully, is on sale through the PlayStation Store, with discounts of up to 80%, right now. Games are available for PlayStation 3 or PS Vita, and range from recent releases to old PS2 games.
Highlights of the sale include Grand Theft Auto V (PS3: £17.50), LA Noire Complete Edition Bundle (PS3: £6.60), Red Dead Redemption (PS3: £5), GTA: Liberty City Stories (PS Vita: £2.40), and forgotten gem The Warriors (PS3: £1.60), based on the cult classic 1970s film of the same name.
The sale, available here for UK customers, is on now and lasts until 25th March.