Rockstar Games drops major hints for Red Dead Redemption sequel

17 Oct 2016

Red Dead Redemption poster. Image: action_1971/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rockstar Games is getting gamers rather excited with a series of teaser tweets suggesting that a Red Dead Redemption sequel is in the works.

In the six years since the release of Red Dead Redemption – a sequel to the lesser-known Red Dead Revolver game – the series has become a massive fan favourite for its open worlds, Wild West setting and character development.

Set during the taming of the Wild West in 1911, Red Dead Redemption saw you play the role of John Marston, who is trying to track down the members of his old gang by order of the US authorities.

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With its vast expanses and stunning terrain, the game received critical acclaim not just from fans, but critics too, resulting in the game selling more than 14m copies.

Now the game’s developer, Rockstar Games – that is also behind the GTA series of games – is getting fans in a tizzy all over again with two tweets, all but confirming that it is working on the release of a new game in the series.

One particular scene in the previous game was praised as an iconic moment in gaming, with Marston’s character riding across the US-Mexican border to the music of Swedish musician José Gonzalez.

Based on what we have seen the studio release so far, Rockstar Games will make an official announcement about the game on Sunday (23 October).

In the meantime, we have been given an image of the company’s logo against a red background, while it has also changed its Twitter company logo to Red.

But the second tweet (the one that tipped fans over the edge), showed a silhouette of seven characters against a blood red background coming over the horizon.

While we will have to wait and see what Rockstar has to say in the official announcement, rumours about the release of the game have been rumbling for a number of months now.

One such rumour that was not denied by Rockstar Games was an alleged leak of the game map last April, which was called a “very decent art direction map”.

Red Dead Redemption poster. Image: action_1971/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic