Saddle up for another trip to the Wild West with the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s sequel that has been locked in for release across PS4 and Xbox One late next year.
After three teasing Tweets earlier in the week – Tweets that teed up the setting and seven gunslingers standing tall against the fading sun – this sizzle reel blows the doors open, thrusting viewers smack bang into the middle of America’s unforgiving heartland.
Beyond a fall 2017 window, there’s no mention of a concrete release date, and given that this is just a minute-long teaser, there are still plenty of questions to be answered. Then again, perhaps we’re being a little harsh considering Rockstar just started officially hinting at RDR2‘s release this past weekend.
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Here’s the official logline: “Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”
Released in 2010, the first Red Dead Redemption – itself a sequel to Red Dead Revolver – was a landmark for open-world game design, infusing a rich story of retribution and revenge into a dusty old frontier. The release of Grand Theft Auto V three years later took that format and fired it into the stratosphere, quite frankly, crafting a dynamic version of Los Santos along with the wildly successful Grand Theft Auto Online. It continues to pull in the big bucks for Rockstar, but how will GTA Online have a bearing on the design of RDR2‘s online component, if at all?
With a “brand new online multiplayer experience” in tow, Red Dead Redemption 2 will trot onto PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2017. If analysts are to be believed, Rockstar’s Western sequel will then release for PC the following year, though there’s currently no word of an official report just yet.