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Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, news, rumours and trailer roundup

Everything we know so far about Red Dead Redemption 2

It's now been almost six years since players explored the Wild West in Red Dead Redemption. While we've been happy causing havoc in Los Santos once again with the numerous launches of GTA V, many are yearning to don the cowboy boots and get up to no good in old America's many saloons.

Speculation was rife in 2014, with many expecting a Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement, but alas nothing happened.

Of course, we assume the next game won't actually be called Red Dead Redemption 2 (considering we've had Red Dead Revolver followed by Red Dead Redemption, it will be some variant on "Red Dead"). Until we have solid confirmation, we’ll stick with RDR2 for now.

Until there’s an official Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement, we’re collating all the news, rumours and speculations in one place – so keep this page bookmarked.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date – When is it coming out?

Although there’s been no official word from Rockstar Games as to when the next installation in the Red Dead series will arrive, at least we know it is a case of "when" and not "if".

In Take-Two's latest earnings report, the company revealed its entire launch lineup for the upcoming financial year, and there wasn't a title from Rockstar in the list. This means it will be 2017 at the earliest before we see GTA 6. Rockstar is, however, "working on exciting future projects that will be revealed soon," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said during the investors call (via VideoGamer).

Following this, the developer revealed it has been working on "the next version of a famous IP" since June 2010. Of course, this could refer to an entirely separate game series, but seeing as Red Dead Redemption was released in May 2010, it would make sense for Rockstar to start development on the next game just after release.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 News – What do we know so far?

Red Dead Redemption 2 map

A recent leak seemed to provide the map for the forthcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. The image was posted to NeoGAF before very quickly being taken down, but not before being screengrabbed and shared all over the place.

A closer look at the map reveals Great Plains and multiple Caravan camps as potential locations we'll be visiting. There are also several islands located among the rivers and large expanses of water; let's hope the missions centred on these aren't as tiresome as when John Marsden had to cross ravines to new areas on the map in Redemption.

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Sources at Techradar later claimed the leak to be real, citing its own sources.

Take-Two drops some Red Dead Redemption 2 hints

During the Take-Two earnings call, the publisher provided a glimpse of its lineup for the next fiscal year and beyond.

First, the publisher confirmed a brand-new entry into the NBA and WWE 2K series, which won't come as much of a surprise. However, Take-Two also gave us a few hints as to what else is in the pipeline, including new IP and new releases from "proven franchises", which obviously includes Red Dead.

"Users can expect new annual releases from our NBA and WWE 2K series, as well as exciting, yet-to-be-announced titles from other popular franchises."

"Looking further ahead, we have a robust pipeline of titles in development, including ground breaking new intellectual properties, and new releases from our proven franchises. For example, we can confirm that 2K and Gearbox software will develop an all new Borderlands game built specifically for next-gen consoles."

"In addition, we have numerous unannounced titles in development, as well as innovative offerings designed to maximize player engagement and drive recurring consumer spending."

"We have more to announce about our future lineup in the coming months."

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Rockstar San Diego looking to hire 37 new staff

In September 2014, Rockstar San Diego listed a total of 37 new job openings, adding weight to the idea that the developer is building up to launch an as-yet-unannounced project for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Of course, the job listings didn't indicate which game these new recruits would be working on, but we'd put money on it being the next Red Dead title.

Red Dead Redemption 2 to be announced within the year?

According to Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Baird Equity Research, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be announced by the end of 2014, along with the GTA 5 PC edition.

"Take-Two continues to produce some of the highest-quality console and PC games, which we believe should transition well on next-gen platforms," said Sebastian in the 2014 Video Game Industry Predictions and Q4 Results Preview.

"We expect product announcements over the next year such as extending GTA V to other platforms (for example – PCs, next-gen consoles), the next Red Dead, and so on, to help improve revenue and earnings visibility."

"We also believe the next Red Dead game is in the works potentially for a 2014 launch."

Although this is far from official confirmation, it has ramped up the hype ahead of a potential 2014 announcement.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – Name

We definitely know the next Red Dead title will not be called Red Dead Redemption 2. The original Red Dead, released in 2004 was called Red Dead Revolver. This was then followed in 2010 by Red Dead Redemption.

Rumour has it that the next game will be called Red Dead Rebellion, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – What we’d like to see

Until Rockstar or Take-Two eventually provide us with some official details surrounding the next entry in the Red Dead series, here are a few thoughts on what we’d like to see:

1. Increased protagonist depth

The Red Dead Redemption storyline was one of the best and came complete with a cast of amazing characters and a rather poignant end. However, sometimes we weren’t convinced by the protagonist John Marston.

For someone who is supposed to be the most fearsome gunslinger of the Wild West, Marston isn’t exactly all he’s cracked up to be. He never seemed to quite portray the right emotions during cut-scenes, and despite committing various crimes and atrocities, he managed to constantly dwell on his supposed strong moral fibres.

The Red Dead Redemption 2 protagonist needs to be a fear-inducing, gun-slinging cowboy of the bad-ass kind. Make him stand out against the various other cowboys in the Wild West; make him count.

Either that or introduce conversation options similar to that of Mass Effect to let you choose your character’s moral compass. Of course, we don’t want to miss out on the cinematic quality that Rockstar is so good at, but it could make for a very interesting Wild West adventure if you had a little more control.

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2. Similarly beautiful environments

No-one can deny the sheer beauty of the Red Dead Redemption environments. We rarely found ourselves resorting to the Quick Travel feature, instead opting to traverse the sprawling desert landscapes, taking in the scenery, the wildlife and the stunning sunsets, even if the destination was the other side of the vast map.

Any sequel (or prequel) game has a lot to live up to if it aims to have the same effect on gamers, but that’s not to say there aren’t some improvements to be made.

We thought the cities in Red Dead Redemption, and Blackwater in particular, were a little disappointing. Beyond the cinema screens, brothels and stores, there wasn’t much to entertain, forcing you to spend the majority of your time in the desert on horseback.

Through the most part of Red Dead Redemption you're building up an image of Blackwater as a bustling city that claims to be on the fringe of modernisation, but the reality hardly lived up to our expectations.

Red Dead Rebellion could be set further on in time than Redemption, which is in around 1911. The next game could well focus on a time period where an industrial revolution is threatening to wipe out the Wild West way of life.

Either that or Rebellion could focus on a time where the cowboys really were entirely relevant, giving Rockstar the opportunity to explore the Wild West in its heydays rather than as it draws to a close.

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3. Create a prequel

Rockstar Games may well opt to do a Red Dead Redemption prequel with the next game. Marston and the other characters in the game continually refer to Marston’s past, where he ran in Bill Williamson and Dutch van der Lind’s bandit gang.

It could be extremely fun to play as a younger Marston, who is a notorious criminal in the Red Dead world. Imagine the over the top, GTA-esque missions that could feature in such a game.

John Marston has been one of the more celebrated videogame protagonists, so it would make sense for Rockstar Games to hold on to him for just a little while longer.

4. Improve the control system

Similar to the improvements made between GTA 4 and the latest GTA 5, the next Red Dead game could do with some mechanic improvements.

Cover mechanics were a little sluggish at best, although they did allow you to take a breather in between shooting, but was greatly improved over the original.

The horse animations were fantastic, and possibly the best in any game, but could also use some tweaking. The controls were too loose, which often made guiding your faithful four-legged friend a little clumsy.

We particularly hated the fact you had to repeatedly tap A or X to run fast when riding or on foot, and the fact making our way across the map caused us all to get hand cramps.

With GTA 5 showing great improvements in mechanics, Rockstar Games has no excuse not to transfer them to the next game in the Red Dead series.

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5. More varied missions

Like the GTA games, the mission routine of travelling to a location with some conversation, action and then go home again, does become a little tedious at times. Rockstar could introduce a little diversity with the way missions work and the objectives presented within them.

The vast Red Dead environment lends itself to all kinds of side missions. Apparently, there were around 200 random missions to encounter in Red Dead Redemption, but they were all too similar to stand out.

What about train heists? Or sneak attacks on unaware Pinkerton agents? Or the ability to break free posse members from the Sheriff’s office?

Red Dead Redemption was so close to perfection, but if the missions were a little more eventful and the side mission's characters more developed and unique, the next game may well be totally mind-blowing.

6. Introduce single-player posses

Building on the previous point, single-player would be greatly enhanced by the ability to enlist in-game characters to form a posse.

The online portion of Red Dead Redemption allowed you to join with your friends in a posse to attack competitors, and was often recreated within single-player missions.

However, the mechanic could be made more of in future single-player campaigns, especially with a type of posse list that includes anyone you’ve met along your travels.

Say if your relationship with any specific character is high enough, you could enlist them to fight with you whenever you needed them. The more you use each, the stronger they become, even perhaps levelling up different abilities according to your relationship with them.

Again, this is taking a few hints from the Mass Effect series, but could lend itself to interesting side missions, including breaking any captured allies out of the jail or the Sheriff’s office as mentioned previously.

What would you like to see in the next Red Dead game? Let us know in the comments below.

jj8923

February 6, 2014, 7:35 pm

2014 would be nice

Daggard

February 8, 2014, 3:26 am

I'd like to see a deeper visual customisation system ala GTA V. Interchangeable spurs, ponchos, coats, hats, necklaces, scarfs, boots... a total outfit overhaul would be awesome - not just a full outfit from beating a challenge.

I'd also like to see deeper relationships with the horse. They sort of introduced a basic relationship/level up system with your chosen horse, but it didn't mean much in the end. Being able to name your horse would be great. Saddle bags that carry more equipment, horses with different behaviours, and generally a deeper and longer upgrade system for horses to give you more attachment to them.

Riley

February 8, 2014, 3:58 am

I would like to see more side missions as you would see in a movie. For example; Hurding cattle and rustling cattle! More vigilante missions! Posses and wanted posters with a little more to offer this round. And as you stated Daggard, as far as the clothing line goes, that is a really great idea! Give us a selection of clothes and outfits that would match our personality if we were really in the cowboy era. A chance to switch characters ala GTA V? Canoes for the river, more detailed and realistic train robberies, bank robberies! Throw a little GTA V freedom in it. Not saying there wasnt any freedom in RDR, because there was quite a bit. But a little more this time... Maybe make Marston single and have some prostitutes waiting at the local saloon! An as goes for the towns as you stated in the above section.. You're right about taking the time to making the towns a little more lively and people friendly! Maybe throw some activities in for the pedestrians such as;chores, kids running around, farmers hurding there own cattle (ties into being able to rustle other farmers cattle, being an outlaw). There is plenty to take from GTA Series along with the Mass Effect series.

Riley

February 8, 2014, 4:03 am

I would like to see more side missions as you would see in a movie. For example; Hurding cattle and rustling cattle! More vigilante missions! Posses and wanted posters with a little more to offer this round. And as you stated Daggard, as far as the clothing line goes, that is a really great idea! Give us a selection of clothes and outfits that would match our personality if we were really in the cowboy era. A chance to switch characters ala GTA V? Canoes for the river, more detailed and realistic train robberies, bank robberies! Throw a little GTA V freedom in it. Not saying there wasnt any freedom in RDR, because there was quite a bit. But a little more this time... Maybe make Marston single and have some prostitutes waiting at the local saloon! An as goes for the towns as you stated in the above section.. You're right about taking the time to making the towns a little more lively and people friendly! Maybe throw some activities in for the pedestrians such as;chores, kids running around, farmers hurding there own cattle (ties into being able to rustle other farmers cattle, being an outlaw). There is plenty to take from GTA Series along with the Mass Effect series.

Red

February 19, 2014, 6:05 am

Deul pistols

Jos

February 20, 2014, 8:59 pm

'Red dead has been a game since 2012' coming from a site called Trusted reviews. Oooh the irony. Red Dead Redemption is the second installment, a sequel of Red Dead Revolver (2004)

LordToadrider

February 22, 2014, 7:24 am

Mountain passes, with indian ambushes. bows and arrows. ability to swim, or raft in river. more avatars, especially women, bigger map, more regions besides english and spanish. more irish avatars, or europeans altogether. more levels in free roam, more mounts... but more than anything, red-dead-dev's need to get monitors to get rid of cheaters, ban them, no glitchers, no exploits. QA has to test the crap out of it before release.

Liv

February 23, 2014, 5:30 am

A swimming mechanic

John Marston

February 23, 2014, 6:57 pm

I would love to see split screen

John Marston

February 23, 2014, 6:59 pm

And a version for earlier consoles like, ps3

will

February 24, 2014, 7:05 am

I dont know what youre reading, but no where in this article does it say red dead has been a game since 2012. It does say there hasn't been a red dead game since 2010, which is a true statement.

Jos

February 24, 2014, 3:14 pm

Woops yes I meant to say 2010. Dont know where I got 2012 from... And I think I read something along the lines of 'there has been a Red Dead game since 2010' so without reading it again, flipped shit and posted comment. Sorry!

matt

February 25, 2014, 3:49 pm

I would really enjoy seeing interaction with actual historical outlaws such as the James gang, Wild bill Hickock, Doc Holiday...etc. Maybe join up with the james gang during a train robbery, or even stop them from doing one? It would be great to earn valuable items from these outlaws after a quest as well.

Drake

February 26, 2014, 3:09 pm

Fear-inducing, gun slinging cowboy of the bad ass kind? The reason I liked John Marston that much is exactly that he wasn't that type. I'm not saying there couldn't be a great game with the former, it happened before, but this time it was quite refreshing to see someone different, who is kinda awesome in his own way, but doesn't really interested in that lifestyle anymore or fame. Although I understand that his personality can be weird if you go with the bad guy line.

jamie

February 28, 2014, 11:12 am

i would like to see more horse stuff....i found it kind of un realistic how a horse could gallop full pelt without tiring to the other side of the map with no food, water..you know what i mean?

Bob Johnson Smithman

March 4, 2014, 7:04 am

Imagine: It's 1917 - In the closing years of the First World War, Jack Marston - young, capable and deadly - is sent to fight with the Americans, British and French troops against the Hungarian & German forces. Armed with the skill of a gunslinging frontiersman, he faces new evils of advanced enemy weaponry and betrayers among ranks. But with his trials he maintains his thirst for vengeance knowing full well that, soon, he will return to his home... and bring justice to his father's killer.

johnshere

March 4, 2014, 12:30 pm

you kill his fathers killer in a strangers mission after the credits.

supertank

March 4, 2014, 6:14 pm

you're right, but that is like gta with the gasoline and the cars.

grappler808inc .

March 7, 2014, 2:01 am

Maybe have a mode where you can mate certain horses to make a stronger and faster horse. Allow John to bang hookers and show full penetration. Increase the clothing selection by adding assless chaps.

Ethan

March 7, 2014, 9:32 pm

Bob Johnson Smithman you already kill Edgar Ross

ethan

March 7, 2014, 9:35 pm

Your right I think there should be a game were you are john as him in dutches gang as a child

ethan

March 7, 2014, 9:38 pm

thats stupied to have no cheats but i agree with the indains and to swim

boogaloo man

March 7, 2014, 10:03 pm

indeed. that was a minor gripe i had was not being able to swim

rdr.fanbiggy

March 8, 2014, 2:08 pm

I think that they should change the way that you can loot people, for example in Rust, or Day Z you click on someone's dead corpse and you can take all of their objects, such as bullets, magazines, guns, clothes, shoes, money etc. In RDR2 you could take his tobacco, cigarettes, medicine, guns, hat, explosives, maps, anything that he has, but you don't have to take it all.. you can just take the things that matter. Also if the realism was really increased, so you could actually smoke the cigarettes! Not for like 4 seconds like you do in GTAV, but for like a minute or two. Also it would be cool if you could build a town, or a fort like you do in the Assassins Creed series! The posse idea is definitely a really good idea, and it would be cooler if you could outfit your posse with the guns of your choosing, and place them in specific places if you are conducting an attack on a hide out. The places in RDR like Pikes Basin were awesome so they definitely need to be continued! Also, there does need to be more to do in the towns. There were things like the town watch which were really cool, but what about sheriff missions, where you go out and attack a hide out or recover a prisoner? There also needs to be more guns, and more clothes so it is much more customisable. Please do this Rockstar! I am so excited and im telling you when the sequel comes out I would pay £100 just for the Alpha because RDR was so good!

hellokitty123232bob

March 9, 2014, 6:09 pm

lol

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