Is it finally happening? Can we finally get excited? On Sunday morning, Rockstar updated its official Facebook and Twitter accounts with the above image: a worn and faded Rockstar logo against a deep-red background. To gamers, this can only mean one thing: A Red Dead sequel is finally happening.
There have been a few hoax announcements and teases, and what might’ve been an official map leak, but not a peep from Rockstar itself – until now. While this isn’t explicitly a tease for a Red Dead Redemption sequel, Rockstar knows what the color red means when paired with their name. It seems unlikely that they’d hint at a Grand Theft Auto expansion with this posting.
The developer tends to be tight-lipped about their projects. The only acknowledgements of a possible sequel have been from publisher Take-Two Interactive’s president, Strauss Zelnick. In financial calls, Zelnick has said that the series is an important one for the company, and that it will be coming back. Every time Rockstar says it has an announcement, gamers tend to go wild with anticipation – us included. When Rockstar said they’d “be at E3 in a big way,” we just about lost our minds. No announcement game, though. Conspiracy theories suggested that they pulled an announcement from E3 at the last minute out of respect for the Orlando shootings that had occurred just days earlier. Some weird gaps in Sony’s E3 presentation seemed to fuel that notion, but no one has ever been able to confirm that.
The original Red Dead Redemption released in May 2010 and became an immediate hit, having shipped over 14 million copies. The game is looked at by many as one of the best experiences gaming has to offer and, at the least, the best attempt at capturing such an iconic American image as the old west.
We’re eager to hear more from Rockstar, and if their past is anything to off, we can expect some more teases before they finally unveil a trailer. Please, Rockstar, don’t let this be some GTA Online announcement.