Red Dead Redemption 2 Officially Announced

Following days of teasing, Rockstar has finally unveiled their next major title - Red Dead Redemption 2. The gaming media and community are all fired up by the announcement, with news reports being dominated by RDR2 focused posts (even amid the reveal of Nintendo's new console, which is saying much). Not much is known about the game, but that hasn't been able to stop the hype.

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It all began when the dev team changed their profile picture on all official online profiles to a red Rockstar logo on a black background. At this point, most people already suspected that something Red Dead related was brewing, even though it easily could have been Manhunt 3, am I right? In any case, this little tease was followed by the mass-posting of the following image:

Red Dead Redemption 2 Officially Announced

So, yeah, just an inverse of the new profile picture, what's the big deal? Well, the second teaser revealed by Rockstar all but confirmed the suspicions that a Red Dead 3 was in the works. Being preceded by Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, it was logical to assume that the third game would be Red Dead Re-something, however it seems that the "Redemption" subtitle has gained the kind of staying power to warrant it being kept - even though the sequel will actually be a prequel.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Officially Announced

Of the seven cowboys posing dramatically, fans quickly recognized a few, even though all we were presented with were silhouettes. Most notably, fans have theorized that the guy on the far left is none other than John Marston, protagonist of the first RDR. Now, if you've played through Red Dead Redemption, you'll know that if he's around, it means this is a prequel.

A day after this image went up, Red Dead Redemption 2 was finally officially announced with the same poster, tricked out with a title and some more detail on the seven characters, making Marston's identity all the more likely, and allowing players to assume that the center character is none other than Dutch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Officially Announced

Not much was revealed along with the game, other than it will be released around this time next year, will be coming to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 (no PC...) and will contain a new-age multiplayer feature, potentially much like GTA Online.

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.

Right on schedule, the trailer for the new game went up today, giving players a cinematic glimpse at what the game will not look like when it's released... In all seriousness, certain shots from the teaser trailer look like they were recorded in the game engine, but much of the footage is pre-rendered.

In any case, the sole sentence spoken throughout the one minute running-time of the trailer suggests that this might be a revenge story - not surprising in the slightest, since we're talking about a Red Dead game here, after all.

It seems that the whole reveal "event" reached its conclusion with the publication of the trailer, so if we know Rockstar, they're going to go quiet for a few months before revealing anything concrete about the upcoming game. In the meantime, stay tuned to our site, which will provide constant, up-to-date news coverage on anything related to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Are you hyped up for this new installment in the Red Dead franchise?

Aron Gerencser
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