Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed for Fall 2017, Trailer Coming Thursday

Sequel to include a "brand-new online multiplayer experience" and more.


After offering strong teases earlier this week, Rockstar Games has now officially announced Red Dead Redemption 2. The game is coming out in fall 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A trailer will be released at 11 AM ET on Thursday, October 20.

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In a statement, Rockstar explained that Red Dead Redemption 2 "is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game's vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand-new online multiplayer experience."

Rockstar has not offered any specifics on Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay, but that last line is particularly interesting, considering a domain name for Red Dead Online was recently discovered. Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode, GTA Online, has brought in a reported $500 million or more. The first Red Dead Redemption had a multiplayer component, but it seems like the sequel may go further.

Rockstar founder Sam Houser added, "With Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world. We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we've learned making games."

The 2010 original Red Dead Redemption was released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but not PC. Rockstar did not mention a PC release for Red Dead Redemption 2 in its announcement today.

The image above shows seven different characters who are still somewhat blurry but are more in focus than they were in the previous teaser. They are all wielding weapons, including pistols and long rifles. The man standing front and center could be Red Dead Redemption 2's protagonist, but this is not confirmed.

Red Dead Redemption 1 story spoilers follow below.

Red Dead Redemption's lead character was John Marston. He died at the end of the first game, but it's possible Red Dead Redemption 2 could be a prequel. Some have suggested that a prequel could show John Marston's outlaw days, which are discussed in the first game, but never fully explored. Another possibility is that Red Dead Redemption 2 will star John Marston's son, Jack, but this is just speculation.

Rockstar has launched a teaser website for Red Dead Redemption 2, but it does not appear to contain any other new information about the game.

2010's Red Dead Redemption was one of the most highly regarded games of the last generation and it sold well, too, selling some 13 million copies as of 2012. The number is likely even higher now, considering it's available to buy on Xbox One through the backwards compatibility program. Red Dead Redemption has never been released on PS4 or PC.

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Shares of Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two, surged this week, seemingly over the speculation that Rockstar might announce a new Red Dead game. The market opens at 9:30 AM today, and we'll report back later with more details on Take-Two's stock price.

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