After years of gamers literally begging for it, Rockstar Games announced this fall that we’d finally be getting a Red Dead Redemption sequel – a year from now. The teaser trailer was gorgeous, but offered up little in the way of hard details.

The internet has examined the trailer and every bit of media since, coming to the conclusion that Red Dead Redemption 2 is almost certainly a prequel to Red Dead Redemption. Today, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick offered up a couple tidbits while speaking at an event held by the MKM Partners research firm. Maybe it’ll be enough to hold us over until Rockstar sees fit to trickle out some new information.

“The conventional wisdom [before Red Dead Redemption] was that a western wouldn’t work,” he said. “We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again – and that’s not meant to be cute.”

Red Dead Redemption 2, Zelnick said, will offer “incredible emotional depth,” and that we can expect “great story elements and great gameplay elements.”

The initial teaser, Zelnick said, has been more popular than the company expected, and that “anticipation is enormous.”

Rockstar’s games are usually cynical

This is very little to go off of, and most of it is exactly the kind of stuff a CEO would say about his products. The optimistic part, though, is a surprise. Rockstar-developed games almost always comment on America and American culture, but it’s usually a snarky, sarcastic tone. Even Red Dead Redemption didn’t escape this entirely. Hints of an optimistic game are encouraging.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release next fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC version has yet been announced.