Red Dead Redemption is a hugely popular game boasting over 13 million players, all of whom are still hoping for a Red Dead 2 - and after years of waiting, a sequel (or is that prequel?) is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. Here's everything we know about Red Dead 2 including the Red Dead Redemption 2 UK release date, trailer, map and possible PC version.
Interested in finding out about other exciting games coming out this year? Check out our list of the most anticipated games of 2017.
Rockstar has shared the first Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer along with some new screenshots, giving us a brief look at what to expect from the game. It introduces some of the main characters, as well as showcasing amazing graphics and possibly the introduction of the steam train. You can watch it above.
What you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2
• Release date: Spring 2018
• Publisher: Rockstar Games
• Genre: Action-adventure
• Developers: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
• Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, possibly PC
When is the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date?
Red Dead Redemption 2 release date: Spring 2018
On 18 October 2016 Rockstar Games took to social media to confirm that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be released in 'Fall 2017'.
However, Rockstar has since announced that the game's upcoming release has been pushed back from Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018. Rockstar explained that, since Red Dead Redemption 2 is the first game build solely for the current generation of consoles, "some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience."
We're all waiting for more information on Red Dead Redemption 2, and had hoped that it would make an appearance at E3 2017 in mid-June. However, the game was a no-show at the event, and there wasn't even a tiny teaser during Sony's PS4 press conference.
Most recently, Rockstar has posted an image on Twitter with nothing more than a date and a time: Thursday 28 September, 11am ET (4pm for those of us in the UK). Although no one knows what the announcement will entail, many assume that it'll be a trailer for the upcoming game.
It may possibly even the first gameplay trailer, giving us a look at the feel of the game, and how some of the in-game mechanics work.
Either way, we'll update this article with more information on Thursday following the announcement, so head back then to find out the latest news.
So far Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One consoles but there are plenty of gamers out there pleading for it to come to PC.
Although the original Red Dead Redemption wasn't available on PC, an online petition is calling for the sequel to be launched on Windows. It has just over 56,000 signatures at the time of writing, just 19 thousand short of the target.
The message to Rockstar Games reads "The PC gaming community requests you to consider releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC platform. We have always supported you and loved your marvellous [sic] games over the years. Please do not deprive us of enjoying your beautiful games, as you did with Red Dead Redemption (2010). This will be an injustice to your fans if you do not bring Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC this time."
Following this, a Denuvo leak has led to rife speculation that the game will be coming to PC, despite no mention of the platform during the announcement.
Why? Denuvo, a company that handles anti-tamper technology for PC games, was hacked and amongst the leaked documents was a list of developers that had planned (or are currently planning) to use the company as DRM protection.
Of course, amongst this list was Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar. While many suggest this was for GTA 5, Rockstar ended up opting for Steam's own DRM protection technology. So, is the listing from before Rockstar decided to opt for Steam's DRM protection, or could it be for the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2?
Based on PC sales of GTA 5, we'd suggest that the company is making a PC variant, but until Rockstar officially announces support, nobody can say for sure.
Will Red Dead Redemption 2 feature cross-play?
According to DVS, Rockstar is working on cross-platform multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One.
That would be a huge deal but we're taking it with a large pinch of salt. There's never been a cross-platform game across PS4 and Xbox One and Sony doesn't seem particularly keen on making it happen any time soon.
Here's a couple of quotes from Jim Ryan, PlayStation head of marketing, speaking to Eurogamer about the potential of cross-platform multiplayer with Minecraft.
"It's certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We've done it in the past. We're always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it's a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I'm not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance."
"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it's something we have to think about very carefully."
What can we expect from Red Dead 2 gameplay?
Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has commented on the success of the first Red Dead 2 trailer, saying the firm didn't expect it to get so many views adding that the game will offer "incredible emotional depth" with "great story elements and great gameplay elements."
"The conventional wisdom was of course that a western wouldn't work," Zelnick said about the first game to Gamespot. "We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again--and that's not meant to be cute."
Take-Two CEO discusses RDR2 multiplayer during earnings call
Despite GTA Online proving extremely successful for Rockstar parent company Take-Two, questions during an earnings call were directed at the multiplayer experience of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2.
More specifically, investors were curious to see whether Take-Two believed that RDR2's online mode would compete with GTA Online, with CEO Strauss Zelnick believing that it won't be the case.
“I’m fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal. And that entertainment properties don’t really compete with other entertainment properties and that you never need entertainment,” he said.
“Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it’s not a need to have. If nothing in the market appeals to you at some time, there’s no reason to go and get it. And if multiple things appeal to you, avid consumers will consume all of those things".
Deep, right? He finished up on a rather positive note: “So, I don’t think there’s any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So, I think, the success of Red Dead, which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality. And I think the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality.”
While there isn't much to go on officially at the moment, a notorious Rockstar tipster may have just given us our first hint at what to expect from Red Dead Redemption 2. The tipster, who successfully predicted two GTA Online updates, now claims that the upcoming Rockstar title will have not one but three playable main characters, in a similar style to Grand Theft Auto 5.
The news comes via a screenshot of an unknown reddit thread, where the tipster claims that there will be "three playable characters of John's former gang, and John isn't one". He doesn't stop there either, as he continues to note that "the online mode will release later on, just like with GTA 5".
It would make sense, as many value multiplayer games/modes more than single-player campaigns, and would likely cause servers to crash on launch day. The success of GTA Online signifies a turning point in the GTA series and showcased a way to keep players interested for not only months, but years.
Red Dead Redemption 2 map
For years, all hopes of Red Dead Redemption 2 being developed was based on obscure quotes during interviews, however that all changed in April 2016. Why? An image of what is claimed to be a map of Red Dead Redemption 2’s game world appeared online.
The image was originally posted on NeoGaf, but the original poster quickly removed it – but not before it was saved and reposted everywhere online.
The image (click to enlarge) depicts a large area featuring the Gear Plains, home to Blackwater, where the first Red Dead game was situated. This suggests, to us at least, that the map will be much larger than the (already) huge maps of previous Red Dead games. It’s also worth pointing out the islands dotted around the outskirts of the mainland, indicating that the player will either be able to swim or take a boat to new locations.
There are rumours that suggest Red Dead Redemption 2 may, in fact, be a prequel to the earlier game, and the map seems to support this theory. Why? Due to the lack of a railroad anywhere on the map, which played an integral part of Red Dead Redemption. It’s worth noting that there is a mention of a “railroad” in the map key, which suggests that we could be looking at an unfinished map.
It’s also worth noting that New Bordeaux is also featured on the map, the area that Mafia 3 is set in (although some time later, in 1968). Mafia 3 was distributed by Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive, so some kind of crossover may be possible – although we can’t imagine how.
TechRadar claims that "a source close to the development of the new Red Dead game has confirmed to us that the map is indeed the real deal.” According to the site, the image is a “very recent art direction map” showcasing the different environments in the game.