Ever since the game was released in 2010, Red Dead Redemption has earned the status of the ‘definitive western video game.’ Don’t get me wrong: there have been a few entertaining western games to be released over the years, but none of them come close to the magic that was Red Dead Redemption. Perfectly encompassing the feeling of the dying days of the Old West, Red Dead Redemption tackled themes such as Western progress in the name of Christianity, racial relations, territorial rights, and the encroaching of government and corporate industries into the rural areas of the United States.
When playing Red Dead Redemption, you truly felt as if you were witnessing the end of an era. Amidst the fading gunslingers and the cowboys trying to continue to make a living ‘living off the land,’ the era of big business was on the rise, leaving in its wake remnants of the 19th century and the Old West way of life. It’s a beautiful game, full of rich storytelling, memorable characters, and stellar gameplay that is arguably the finest work ever produced by Rockstar Games.
When you have a game such as Red Dead Redemption that is nearly universally acclaimed as one of the best games of its generation, you are obviously going to hear a ton of rumors regarding how a sequel is on its way. Most of these rumors are anything but factual. Until recently, most Red Dead Redemption rumors have been scoffed at as just being another rumor entirely, yet a recent rumor may prove that yes indeed, a new Red Dead game is on its way.
Late last year, Rockstar Games proclaimed they have been developing , ”the next version of a famous IP,” since June, 2010. This obviously excludes the next Grand Theft Auto game as well as a future L.A. Noire or Max Payne game, as those games were released after 2010. While some developers do indeed begin developing the next installment in a game’s franchise before the original game is even released, that isn’t necessarily Rockstar’s style.
That leaves us with The Warriors, Manhunt, Bully, State of Emergency, Midnight Club, and yes, the Red Dead series. Say what you will about all of those IPs (personally, I’m a fan of most of them), but without question, Red Dead is the best-selling of the bunch.
Consider this quote from Rockstar at the end of 2012:
“We don’t always rush to make sequels but that does not mean that we won’t get back to them eventually. Stay tuned for further announcements about the future of Red Dead series.”
A new Red Dead just makes sense, right? If Rockstar wants to revisit an IP that will undoubtedly make them the most money of any other franchise, it’s a new Red Dead game. Players want a new, next-gen game set in an open-world Old West once again, and while players won’t be playing as John Marston again (unless they star him in a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, which in my opinion is doubtful), it’s still a game players would be clamoring for.
Will we be visiting the open-world Old West once again? It’s up to Rockstar Games, but here’s to hoping we will be galloping across the open prairie shooting bandits and lassoing cowboys sooner rather than later.
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 3/9/2014