Rockstar Games have finally, officially announced a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, and will launch for the PlayStation 4 and X Bone One in Fall 2017. Players who had their fingers crossed for a PC release might be sorely disappointed. The sequel has been teased to be “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland” and that the game will “also provide the foundation of a brand new online multiplayer experience.”
The trailer posted shows us the truly beautiful environment and scenery which Rockstar is best known for. The developer has promised an epic and interactive experience for fans and it will be interesting to see how the story of John Marston continues in this heart-wrenching sequel.
Earlier in April this year, a map which was rumored to be a part of RDR 2 was leaked and according to Techradar, the same map is a very recent art direction map for the sequel.
On the bottom left hand side of the map are the Great Plains, home to Blackwater settlement which sits at the top right of the Red Dead Redemption map. The missing railroad in the Great Plains, which was also highlighted in Red Dead Redemption, points to the new map being set earlier in the timeline. Caravan camps and islands can also be seen.
Rockstar have already proved just how much of an immersive real-world experience they can offer players via an online mode, thanks to Grand Theft Auto V: Online. If the online mode in RDR 2 is going to be different from its 2010 predecessor, there are several key improvements which Rockstar can make to please fans.
Firstly, stricter rules or methods to perhaps discourage players ruining the online experience for other players would be vastly appreciated. In GTA V Online, players are able to shoot down other players for their personal leisure and the punishment system does little to discourage this notorious and unacceptable behavior. Moreover, greater opportunities to join gangs with other players and take on heists, just like GTA V Online, would be far less dull than the simple “shoot and loot” activities.
Rockstar has also usually employed third-person view as the common player perspective, although Rockstar did introduce a very unique first-person view in GTA V as well which makes fans wonder if the same will be added to RDR 2. A more impressive character customization system in the upcoming sequel is also speculated.
Sony and Rockstar games have also established a partnership on Red Dead Redemption 2; PlayStation 4 players will get first access to earn certain online content. In addition to this, the original Red Dead Redemption classic for the PS3 is also going to be available on PlayStation Now soon. Also note-worthy is the fact that RDR is already available on the X Box One via Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program.
Some retailers like Amazon, BestBuy, GameStop have already taken the initiative and started accepting pre-orders for Red Dead Redemption 2 a year in advance. Red Dead Redemption fans can take advantage of early bird deals starting now.