If you are a gamer it’s likely you noticed that people were freaking out the last few days, or you yourself were doing a little bit of it. Rockstar in a stroke of brilliance teased out the announcement for Red Dead Redemption 2. They started with a simple picture of the Rockstar logo in red, as was used for Red Dead Redemption. The following day a silhouette of 7 characters on a background reminiscent of RDR was released. Today they announced Red Dead Redemption 2, and it’s a little disappointing. First and foremost why Red Dead Redemption 2? The series has been Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption, and now Red Dead Redemption 2? The argument could be made that it’s a direct tie-in with Red Dead Redemption, however the picture today doesn’t really confirm that. The center character does not look like Jack Marston, and it’s clearly not John. It could still be tied to John’s story, it’s still underwhelming. Why not Red Dead Retribution? Another disappointing thing is once again no women characters are featured. Rockstar has gotten a lot of flack for their lack of playable women, and for the most part they have brushed this off. I was waiting to make a comment on this matter until I knew that whatever was coming next for RDR wouldn’t feature a woman. While it’s still not confirmed, it is pretty telling that there are seven featured characters and none of them are women.
All of this being said I am still rather excited for this news. Red Dead Redemption was an amazing game, and I am glad that the series still has life. I’ve always been in the minority of gamers that has preferred Rockstar’s other open-world games over Grand Theft Auto. It will be interesting to see what where this game goes, and how it ties into John’s story while still standing on its own. The game was announced for Fall 2017, and there is a trailer expected later this week. So for the time being, I will not attempt to speculate or comment beyond this. I am very excited to bring more news as it unfolds, and hope that it’s good news.