We have been clamoring for a sequel ever since Red Dead released in 2010. Seven years later and it’s finally happening. Rockstar treated us to a short cinematic trailer back in March that didn’t reveal much, but got everyone excited to return to the old west.
Story and multiplayer details
One thing that definitely stood out in the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer were the seven masked cowboys (and maybe a cowgirl?) barreling towards the horizon in the final seconds. Many believe that this could be pointing towards the ability to swap between characters in single player, very similar to the mechanic in Grand Theft Auto V. The issue here is that it would be a little over the top and overwhelming to most players if they were responsible to jump around and manage seven different characters at once. Maybe the focus will only be on three of these characters? Maybe these characters are a bandit group and will be the main antagonists of the game, both sound like an interesting premise to us.
In Rockstar’s short summary for the game, they say that “The game’s vast and atmospheric world also provides the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.” The online world of the first RDR was fun, but at times could feel empty and void of things to do. Imagining a fully fleshed out Red Dead Online world with capabilities that at least match those of GTA V gets us extremely pumped. Rockstar has the chance to put a unique western spin on an online formula they’ve already perfected.
Release date and delay
When the Red Dead 2 trailer ended, it was revealed that the game would be out Fall 2017, a mere eight months after its official reveal. But it proved too good to be true. Rockstar announced a couple of weeks ago that in a very Rockstar like move, they are pushing back RDR2 to Spring 2018. All jokes aside, Rockstar has almost developed some sort of free pass when it comes to delays. The last several GTA titles, along with other acclaimed titles such as Bully and Midnight Club: Los Angeles all suffered some sort of delayed release, and all of them were damn amazing. Besides, this has already been one of the hottest years for video games in recent history. RDR2 will give all of us time to jump into some other titles we may have missed, and will soften the tension of the inevitable heated GOTY debates.
To little surprise, Red Dead 2 wsas a no show at E3 this year, so there's no telling when Rockstar is going to hit us with a slew of new information. In the event that some more details on the game come out, we’ll have them dissected and ready over at Shacknews.com!