One of the strongest hints for a coming sequel to the acclaimed Western video game Red Dead Redemption (2010) was recently given by Take-Two Interactive, the distributor for the award-winning game. Red Dead Redemption, created by Rockstar Games, is set in 1911 as the Old West is fading. Gamers play as John Marston, a reformed outlaw forced by the US federal government to track down his former gang in order to be reunited with his family. Featuring both single-player and online multi-player modes, it won the 2010 Spike Video Game Award for Game of the Year. The game had sold over 13 million copies by 2012.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has now labelled the Red Dead brand as a “permanent” franchise. Speaking at a recent analyst conference, Zelnick moved from describing the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series to mentioning Red Dead: “I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat….”
Thus, it appears that the one obstacle to any sequel (will it be actually be a prequel?) for Red Dead Redemption is whether Rockstar Games can maintain the quality of story, game-play and graphics for any follow-up. Given the launch of the new generation Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 consoles in late 2013, at least in terms of game engine power, the odds favor an addition to the series. Here is the trailer for the 2010 game:
Westernsreboot.com has collected a number of earlier rumours about a Red Dead Redemption sequel, including a potential 2014 announcement, which can be found at RDR Rumors.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)