After two days of teasers, Rockstar has finally made it official: Red Dead Redemption 2 is real, and it’s actually pretty close to being done.
In a post to their official website, Rockstar announced today that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in fall of 2017.
It looks like there’s no PC release, which is going to disappoint a whole lot of people, but that is in line with the first Redemption, which never got ported to PC.
Considering how big this game likely is, it must be pretty far through its development cycle to be out in a year. It is nice that we won’t have to deal with multiple years of marketing before finally getting our hands on it.
The post also gives a short description of the game: “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.”
That’s awfully vague in terms of story (and setting, as nothing there mentions a time or the West), but it is interesting that they’ve placed such a heavy emphasis on the multiplayer component. The first Redemption had a neat free-roam online multiplayer but it went kind of neglected. After the success of GTA Online, it seems like Rockstar is ready to do the same for the Wild West as they did for Los Santos.
Though it’s not really hinted at in the description, some people are predicting this game will be a prequel, focusing on John Marston’s life with Bill Williamson’s gang. The central figure definitely looks Marston-like and that could very well be Williamson to his left. There’s also the the fact that the first Redemption was set in 1912 and was all about the end of the Wild West era, so there’s not really much room there for Rockstar to make a sequel in.
We won’t have to wait long to learn more, though. Rockstar’s post says the game’s first trailer will hit this Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. EST. In the meantime, you can see the first full official image for Red Dead Redemption 2 below.