Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive are well known for their awesome and larger than life gaming titles. Their most famed offerings have garnered millions of fans around the world. They versatility shines through when you take a look at the kinds of games they do, and just how diverse they are. So while the GTA series lets you race around locations across America in some of the fastest and grandest rides you can ever hope to drive, their other acclaimed franchise happens to follow along the lines of the Western themed films of the 70s. This latter one in question is the Red Dead series, which first came into being more than a decade back with Red Dead Revolver.
The Red Dead series is typically based around the life and times of a single character who takes great pride in his Western heritage, quite similar to Borderlands 3 game. The games involve a whole lot of looting and shooting, and the settings are as authentic as we have ever seen in a game before. No wonder, then, that the Red Dead series, despite being a rather young one, is regarded as one of the best among the countless titles that are in existence throughout the world. It is also a matter of little surprise, that for their next project, Rockstar has gone ahead with Red Dead Redemption 2 instead of the equally anticipated GTA 6 game.
The Red Dead series, despite having been around for over ten years, only has two released titles under it. We do not mind, however, for the creators can take all the time in the world to come up with a game as good as either of the two entries. In fact, the games have gotten even better with time- a mean feat to achieve in any cultural or technical front- so naturally we have great hopes for Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Revolver was great, and it set the tone for whatever was to follow. But what followed overshadowed its predecessor in every possible way- from story, character development, to even gameplay. 2010’s Red Dead Redemption with the John Marston, the charismatic outlaw-hero at its centre, went on to receive a lot many accolades. It even broke several notable records. But while we have been expecting a third entry ever since we fell in love with Red Dead Redemption, we did not quite expect it to be a direct follow up to the previous game.
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This we say because in the short history of the series, the two games that had come out had not been related in terms of their story, or plot, or even characters. The only thread of commonality between them was the fact that they belonged to the same overall genre. So even though the next entry in the series was often referred to as Red Dead Redemption 2 during the speculation stages, imagine our surprise when Rockstar confirmed the game with the very same title.
So yes, in a new approach, Rockstar’s next contribution to the series is going to be an exploration of the world set up by Red Dead Redemption- John Marston’s world. But speculations based on some unconfirmed but internal information are rife that the new game will not exactly be what we think of it. Instead of being a direct sequel to Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 will really be a pre-sequel. That means that it will be set during a time prior to the events of Marston’s story. In fact, a few notable leaks, like the map that was found online at a time when the game’s status was still rumoured also seemed to give weight to this theory.
What made it even more impossible to ignore was when some people involved in the project actually confirmed that the map was the real deal, though it was still being developed. You can tell why we are so eager to get our hands on the upcoming game, now that Rockstar has announced it.