Could the sequel for Red Dead Redemption, the hit 2010 Western video game, now truly be just over the digital horizon? Recent Internet buzz indicates that it may indeed be coming.

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Online chatter related to a leaked email claims that the follow-up to Rockstar Games’ acclaimed third-person shooter will be titled Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West, with a release date in 2017. Details for the new game include the ability to play multiple characters during the main story mode and that the game’s world will be bigger than even that of Grand Theft Auto V (2013).

In the 2010 game, players set out across a fading Old West as John Marston, a reformed outlaw forced by the US federal government to track down his former gang. In open world – or “sandbox” – style, gamers unlocked sections of the American West and Mexico as they completed the main story-line. A multi-player option allowed players to take on others online, whether individually or as part of a posse. Despite now being six-years-old, Red Dead Redemption’s level of detail in portraying the American West of 1911 remains a high-water mark for the Western video game genre, as evidenced by this game trailer:

The leaked email referenced above states that an official announcement for Red Dead Redemption 2 will come at this year’s E3 Electronic Expo conference, to be held June 14th to 16th to in Los Angeles.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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