For years, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games have been keen on reminding analysts and investors of the money-making potential of its Red Dead Revolver franchise. Be that as it may, the Rockstar San Diego-created franchise has remained dormant since the Western first shot up the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in 2004.
However, that changed today. Rockstar Games has announced that Red Dead Redemption will arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in fall 2009. Billed as a follow-up to Revolver, Redemption takes place several years after the events in the original, closer to the turn of the century. Central to the events is John Marston, a former outlaw caught up in the uncertain times created by the industrial age encroaching on the American frontier.
Red Dead Redemption will be powered by Rockstar's proprietary RAGE engine, better known as the game tool behind Grand Theft Auto IV. Like its top-rated sibling, Redemption offers an open-world environment in which players can explore the vast regions of the West, from rolling grasslands to frontier towns. The game will also feature its fair share of action, including both mano-a-mano gunfights and larger battles.
For more information on the original, check out GameSpot's review of Red Dead Revolver.