After two days of teasing messages on Twitter, Rockstar has officially announced Red Dead Redemption 2. The sequel to the company’s 15m-selling western adventure will launch next autumn. A trailer will arrive on YouTube this Thursday.
In a brief press release sent out on Tuesday afternoon, Rockstar referred to the sequel as “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland”. The publisher, best known for the Grand Theft Auto series also promised, “a brand new online multiplayer experience”. It’s probably some sort of persistent multiplayer world, similar to the hugely successful GTA Online is in development to accompany the single-player campaign.
“With Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world,” said Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games. “We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”
Little is known about the new title, but the teaser image shows seven characters silhouetted against the sun – a possible homage to The Magnificent Seven. It was previous thought that the game would be some form of prequel, starring a younger incarnation of Red Dead Redemption hero, John Marston. A possible map of the new title’s environment was leaked to site Tech Radar, showing that the story may take part in a similar area of the United States to its predecessor.
Much more is likely to be revealed when the trailer launches at 11.00am Eastern Time on Thursday.
This article was written by Keith Stuart, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 18th October 2016 17.27 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010