There has been heightened discussion of late across the Internet as to a potential follow-up for Rockstar Games’ hit Western video game, Red Dead Redemption (2010). That game is set in 1911 with the Old West fading and gamers playing as John Marston, a reformed outlaw forced by the US federal government to track down his former gang.
In this “open world” or “sandbox” game, players can explore areas that open up as they complete sections of the main narrative. Geographic regions parallel those of the Great Plains, the US southwest, mountain areas, and also specifically include Mexico itself. A number of themes are embedded into the gameplay; the reach of centralized government and corporate industry into rural areas, Indigenous territorial rights, the presumptuousness of Christianity as a natural component of westward “progress”, race relations, and the idea that the government or revolution in “the name of people” can be co-opted for personal advantage. The online multi-player option allows gamers to join together in posses to take on each other or assorted outlaw strongholds; they can do so as a male or female from a range of racial backgrounds.
Speculation about the follow-up to Red Dead Redemption has been fueled by the new “next generation” consoles of Sony (Playstation4) and Microsoft (Xbox One). Westernsreboot.com has assembled the following items/rumors from across the “Wild West” of the Web:
- Rumored announcement of the follow-up to Red Dead Redemption by the end of 2014.
- Name of the follow-up yet to be determined but rumor that it will NOT be called Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Speculation of a third-quarter release in 2015.
- In July 2012, Rockstar Games opened the door to a follow-up with the following statement: “We love Red Dead too – and are thrilled that so many of you loved John Marston’s tale and are excited for more epic Western action….we don’t always rush to make sequels but that does not mean that we won’t get to them eventually. Stay tuned for further announcements about the future of the Red Dead series.”
- Statement from Rockstar Games that it began to work on “the next version of a famous IP” in June of 2010 – Red Dead Redemption was released in May of that year, which could indicate that work began on the follow-up shortly after the game’s initial launch.
Red Dead Redemption won “Game of the Year” at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards. One of the game’s songs, “Far Away” by Jose Gonzalez won “Best Song in a Game” at the same awards.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)