Red Dead Redemption 2 finally confirmed for 2017 release

18 Oct 2016

Screenshot of Red Dead Redemption. Image: Colony of Gamers/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

The highly anticipated reveal of Red Dead Redemption 2 may not be complete just yet, though confirmation of its release next year is sure to sate fans’ appetites.

Following a series of suggestive tweets from Red Dead Redemption developers Rockstar Games this week, the release of the game’s next instalment has finally been confirmed.

Coming in autumn 2017, added details on Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay, visuals and more will be revealed in a trailer on Thursday (20 October).

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All we know so far is that a PS4 and Xbox One release is in the offing, with (as yet) no PC confirmation for a game that has become a firm favourite for fans of open-world gameplay.

It has been six years since the release of Red Dead Redemption – a sequel to the lesser-known Red Dead Revolver game.

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.

“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,” said Rockstar Games, though early responses have already pitched PC gamers against console gamers.

As our very own Colm Gorey wrote yesterday, Red Dead Redemption’s vast expanses and stunning terrains helped the game receive critical acclaim not just from fans, but critics too, resulting in the game selling more than 14m copies.

“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,” said Gorey.

Screenshot of Red Dead Redemption. Image: Colony of Gamers/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic