Horses. Shoot-outs. Big hats. Red Dead Redemption was rightly acclaimed when it came out in 2010, and its sequel is eagerly-awaited. Unfortunately, it’s also just been delayed.
Rockstar has released an official statement confirming the news. It reads…
“This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.
We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer”.
Red Dead Redemption 2 release date
Sadly, whilst the original plan was to release Red Dead Redemption 2 this year, Rockstar has now delayed the game until 2018. It’s now due next Spring.
Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer
Thus far, a teaser trailer released in October 2016 give us our only proper look at Red Dead Redemption 2 in motion. As you can see, the depiction of a dusty Old West, with small towns and plains full of wildlife, is more detailed than ever. A hunter walking alongside his horse, a dead deer slung over the saddle, is a clear indication that hunting is back in earnest, while the final shot might suggest that we’ll be able to round up a posse of other cowboys for Magnificent Seven-style adventures.
More detailed trailers and gameplay videos are sure to emerge in the coming months, so we’ll keep you updated as we get them.
Red Dead Redemption 2 story and missions
Officially, Rockstar’s said relatively little about Red Dead Redemption 2‘s story thus far; the most revealing thing to come from the game’s publisher, Take Two, is that it’ll have “incredible emotional depth,” which isn’t really much to go on. We know that both single-player and multiplayer modes have been confirmed, and if the 2010 game’s anything to go by, we can expect at least a couple of expansions – like Undead Nightmare – to appear in the months after release.
We’ve heard rumours that Red Dead Redemption 2 will take in “three playable characters of John’s former gang”, echoing the multiple perspectives of Grand Theft Auto V – though this report came via the Daily Star, so we’d season these words with a liberal sprinkling of salt.
A more credible piece of leaked information comes via a map, published on NeoGaf and quickly removed – though not before it was grabbed and shared by other denizens on the internet. Now, maps are easy to fake, but according to Tech Radar, a “source close to the development” of Red Dead Redemption 2 has confirmed that it’s genuine. If so, the map appears to indicate that this year’s game is, in fact, a prequel: the railroad running through the 2010 game’s Great Plains isn’t anywhere to be found on the map, which suggests that its events take place before the 1911-1914 timespan of Red Dead Redemption.
The map is also much, much larger than the one in the 2010 game, with new areas including New Bordeaux and several islands. Interestingly, the first trailer showed a figure on a boat, which might suggest that sailing to these remote areas will form a not insignificant part of the game. One of the islands is tagged “Sisika Penitentiary”, which sounds like the solid basis for a mission to us.
Red Dead Redemption 2 platforms
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are the only platforms confirmed so far. Red Dead Redemption didn’t get a release for PC, so it seems unlikely that the sequel will get one, either – though a clamour from Windows users, such as this petition, might convince Rockstar to change its mind.
At the very least, PC gamers are more likely to get their hands on Red Dead Redemption 2 than those looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch, out in March – Rockstar’s support for Nintendo’s consoles has been sporadic in the past, to say the least; the last game the studio made for a Big-N system was Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars way back in 2009. That title was acclaimed, controversial, but also a slow seller. Barring a massive surge in sales for the Switch, it’s probably safe to say that Rockstar’s epic western won’t be rubbing shoulders with Mario and Link.
We’ll bring you lots more on Red Dead Redemption 2 as we get it.