A scant, tiny, thread of a new news around Red Dead Redemption 2 arrived online yesterday as it was discovered a new mission in GTA Online is directly related to Rockstar’s upcoming open-world western.
As part of GTA Online’s latest update, The Doomsday Heist, data miners have uncovered a new mission linked directly to Red Dead Redemption 2. The quest’s description even goes as far as to say that the two are directly linked, stating that players who complete the “Double-Action Revolver headshot challenge will unlock a GTA$ reward and an excluisive variation of the weapon in Red Dead Redemption 2.”
Not only does this mean that Rockstar is intending to use GTA Online to push its new title – potentially indicating intentions for a Red Dead Redemption Online – but we’ll also see a double action revolver turn up in Red Dead Redemption 2.
It also hints that, perhaps, the two worlds are actually linked in some way. Is the GTA series set in the same universe as Red Dead? I doubt we’ll ever find out the answer, but it’s certainly cool to think they might well be.
Red Dead Redemption 2: Everything you need to know
Red Dead Redemption 2 is the follow-up to one of the best games in recent memory, so it has a hefty weight of expectation on its shoulders. 2010’s Red Dead Redemption managed a heady mix of expansive landscapes and well-written characters, so fingers are crossed that Rockstar’s blockbuster prequel delivers.
What do we know so far? The clearest information about the game comes in the form of a recent trailer, which – along with a vague release date – delivers an impression of what to expect from the open-world Western adventure: cowboys, basically.
Thanks to the video synopsis, we know you’re cast into the boots of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. It seems as if Morgan is in the process of paying back a debt and so leads the Van der Linde gang across the Wild West robbing, fighting and extorting their way to freedom.
You may have noticed that Rockstar still hasn’t announced when we’ll see Red Dead Redemption 2 beyond a “spring 2018” release window. It’s also not confirmed a PC release, stating only the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as its main formats. It’s also absolutely stunning to look at.
Not much else has been revealed about Red Dead Redemption 2, but we’ve listed everything you need to know in our roundup below.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t coming in 2017
When Rockstar finally unveiled Red Dead Redemption 2 it announced it’d be arriving in “Fall” 2017. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case as Red Dead Redemption 2 has slipped back until spring 2018 meaning you’ll have to wait just that little bit longer to get your Wild West fix.
The reason for this delay isn’t clear, Comicbook.co.uk says that “multiple sources” have confirmed the delay could be because Rockstar is pursuing cross-platform online multiplayer between Xbox One and PS4. How likely that’s actually the case is somewhat uncertain. Sony and Microsoft are usually happy to play ball with PC cross-play, but both draw the line with working with their competitor. Microsoft is, now, generally accepting of PS4 cross-play, but Sony won’t allow it. Back when Microsoft was the more successful platform holder, it too refused to play ball, halting any attempts at cross-play with PS3.
Could Rockstar and its behemoth IPs bridge this gap? Seeing as the massively successful Grand Theft Auto V and its GTA Online component didn’t manage, I wouldn’t count on it.
2. Publisher Take-Two isn’t giving anything away about a PC release
Red Dead Redemption 2 publisher Take-Two Interactive refuses to confirm if the game will be released on PC. As reported by Gamespot, a recent earnings call saw company president Karl Slatoff claim that PC is a “very important, very exciting” medium for the publisher, but wouldn’t say if its upcoming open-world western is destined for the platform.
“It really depends on the title,” Slatoff said. “Some titles are actually heavily weighted to PC, for example, Civilization and XCOM, [but] some titles are less weighted to PC. The great news is that the PC market is vibrant for us. It’s a great market. It’s a big market. It’s a core market.
“It’s a predominantly digital market, which also removes friction in terms of ongoing engagement with the consumer,” he added. “So for us, the PC market as a company is very important, very exciting, and something we focus on.”
Asked about Red Dead Redemption 2 specifically, CEO Strauss Zelnick batted away the question with an assertion that: “Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels.” That means it’s on Rockstar to make the announcement about platforms – in the latest Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, Rockstar made no mention of PC.
Red Dead Redemption wasn’t released for PC at all, while Grand Theft Auto 5 was eventually released on PC, after initially coming to consoles. If Rockstar is planning a PC version, it’s possible that it will follow a similar pattern – coming a year or two after the console release.
3. Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t feature John Marston
Sorry Red Dead Redemption fans, if rumours are to believed then series protagonist John Marston won’t be making a return for the next Red Dead game.
The Red Dead Redemption 2 promotional art that’s been released shows seven characters. Thanks to the latest trailer, we now know that the main character is an outlaw named Arthur Morgan and the gang of other characters he’s with form the Van der Linde gang. Dutch, who you may remember from Red Dead Redemption, looks like he’ll play a key part in the gang. Speaking of which…
4. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel
Those of you who have finished Red Dead Redemption will understand why John Marston is unlikely to feature in a sequel. However, the latest trailer suggests that this new Red Dead entry will actually be set prior to Redemption. Dutch van der Linde, leader of the Van der Linde gang in Red Dead Redemption, appears in the trailer – suggesting Arthur Morgan’s adventures will happen a number of years before the events of the last game. Seeing as that game was set in a period when the old west way of life was dying out, it makes sense for Rockstar to turn back the clock and keep up the cowboy tropes.
5. Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a bigger map than ever before
As with previous Rockstar sequels, the new Red Dead is rumoured to have an even bigger map than before. Fitting in with rumours around an earlier setting, leaked images of the game’s map screen show that this Red Dead entry will take place further east than Redemption.
You can view a fan-drawn version of the leaked map below – it’s worth noting that Redemption’s Tall Trees and Great Plains areas are still present, but New Austin and Redemption’s main map are absent. The indication of a lot more rivers and water suggest this Red Dead sequel could feature boats or give the new protagonists the ability to swim – a feature only introduced into Rockstar’s games with Grand Theft Auto V.