In what is among the biggest and most exciting gaming announcements of this year, Rockstar Games has confirmed a sequel to their 2010 open-world western. The developer explained, in a press conference, that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland,” and that “the game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand-new online multiplayer experience.”
A domain name for ‘Red Dead Online’ was recently discovered, suggesting a standalone online mode similar to that of GTA V. It is certainly understandable that Rockstar would be looking to capitalise on this format further, given that GTA Online has thus far brought them a sum thought to be in excess of $500 million USD.
Rockstar founder Sam Houser explained, “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.”
2010’s original Red Dead Redemption remains among the most highly regarded open-world adventure games of recent times, having sold 13 million copies as of 2012, and almost certainly more now, as the game is available on the Xbox One store via Microsoft’s backwards compatibility program.