Red Dead Redemption 2: News, features and UK release date rumours

Fans have been clamouring for a sequel to 2010’s Western-focussed Red Dead Redemption[1] pretty much since it launched. Details about the sequel are scarce, heck, we don’t even know if it’s actually in development – but it’s pretty much a given that it’s being worked on. While we haven’t heard anything official yet, we have been treated to a couple of tidbits here and there that gives us at least a vague idea about what we can expect when it officially launches.

Now that we’re at the tail end of 2016, It’s becoming increasingly unlikely we’ll see a sequel to Red Dead Redemption in the near future. Unless Rockstar pulls something quite dramatic, announcing and releasing the game in a very short space of time, I doubt we’ll get Red Dead Redemption 2 next year. It’s worth mentioning, of course, that Red Dead Redemption is, in itself, a sequel to Red Dead Revolver, which was released way back in 2004 for the original Xbox and PlayStation 2 – six years before Red Dead Redemption came out.

It’s now been six years since Redemption, so it might not be long before we see another Red Dead game ride onto the scene.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Release date

Of course, nothing official has been announced by Rockstar yet, but we can make an educated guess on when we can expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to come out. Both Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption came out between one to two years after their initial reveal trailers, so considering we haven’t even got a trailer yet, we’re probably looking at either a 2018 or 2019 release window at the very earliest. Much to fans dismay, we didn’t get any official info at E3 2016.

Rockstar typically doesn’t have much of a presence at E3, but rumours suggested we could see them show off Red Dead Redemption 2 this year. After all, Take Two’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick described Read Dead as a “permanent franchise” way back in 2014, and at an earnings call in May this year, Strauss also explained that Take-Two’s “working on exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.” Soon is still yet to come.

It’s also worth mentioning that now we’ve got some shiny new games consoles launching in the near future in the form of Microsoft’s Project Scorpio[2] and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro[3], I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Red Dead Redemption 2 launch planned to capitalise on the fancy new tech. Surely, the folks at Rockstar have thought of this and who knows, it might even be a launch title when the Xbox Project Scorpio launches sometime next year.

The PS4 Pro will appear on store shelves in November this year, so I can’t expect Rockstar to be that quick about releasing it.

Red Dead Redemption 2: What we know so far

For the last few years, there have been a couple of leaks that, while taken with a grain of salt, do suggest a Red Dead Redemption 2 sequel is in the works. A map, allegedly focusing on the playable space for Red Dead 2, made its way onto the internet in May. The image (below), posted to NeoGaf[4], shows an expansive world that we may be able to roam around in in the near future. Techradar[5] said its sources reportedly confirmed its legitimacy, but only time will tell whether the map is actually legit.

Early reports that are yet to be refuted also suggest the Wild West sequel may take part in the events prior to Red Dead Redemption along with some rumblings of a remastered edition of the 2010 title for current consoles and PC too.

Red Dead Redemption 2 leaked map

Red Dead Redemption 2: Features we’d like to see

Red Dead Redemption launched in 2011 to critical acclaim, described as a “slick and expansive wild west adventure”[6] in our own review. It had a fantastically engaging story about the lengths its protagonist John Marston would go to protect his family, with plenty of interesting characters and some enjoyable gameplay mechanics. Marston was killed at the end of the first game, giving you control of his son, Jack, in the epilogue, so could we see the continuation of the Marston story in the sequel?

Of course, Rockstar is the champions of the open-world genre, so we’d expect the sequel to be no different. If the leaked map is anything to go by, the playable area looks to be even larger than the wide expanse of Read Dead Redemption, giving you plenty of space for horsing around. A significant graphical improvement is expected too, running on the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine that powered Grand Theft Auto 5.

The leaked map’s large water sections and separate islands also implies we might see some swimming involved. This wasn’t an option in the first game, so it’s likely we’ll be ditching our horses and taking to water at some point if the map is, indeed, correct.

Red Dead Redemption gets backwards compatibility

You can now play the original Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One thanks to the Backwards Compatibility feature. What this means it that anyone who owns a digital or retail copy of the 2010 Xbox 360 version of the third person shooter will be able to play it on their new console absolutely free from 8th July.

Don’t fret if you aren’t an owner, though, Amazon currently has it listed for dirt cheap and while Rockstar announced you will be able to buy it directly from the Games Store on the Xbox One, buying it from Amazon will possibly be your best bet to save a bit of money. Considering you can currently pick up the standard version for just over ?10, you might just want to get the Xbox 360 version. Since the announcement, sales of the Xbox 360 version of Red Dead Redemption rose a rose a staggering 5,394% on Amazon during the night, with the standard edition of the game rising from a 989 sales rank to 18.

The Game of the Year Edition, which includes all DLC for the game, increased by 1,845%, climbing from position 681 to 35.

References

  1. ^ Red Dead Redemption (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Project Scorpio (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  3. ^ PlayStation 4 Pro (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  4. ^ posted to NeoGaf (www.neogaf.com)
  5. ^ Techradar (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ “slick and expansive wild west adventure” (www.expertreviews.co.uk)

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