Get your wallets at the ready!
Rockstar Games have teased a sequel/prequel/remake to the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption in the most 'Rockstar' way possible.
The publishers known for creating the Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead and Max Payne series have been teasing what could be a continuation of the Red Dead series. Yesterday, they posted this imagine onto their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
As you can imagine, the internet went into a frenzy. After numerous leaks, trailer rumors and a hoax E3 appearance, Red Dead may finally be making a return.
Of course, Rockstar haven't let us soak this revelation in. They haven't let us calm down from yesterday's tease and they have now dropped a second hint on Twitter.
Judging from the second image, there are two possibilities as to what the next installment in the Red Dead series could be.
A Spiritual Successor to Redemption
Considering that the much loved Red Dead Redemption was a spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver, it is likely that the next installment will be a spiritual successor to Redemption. A sequel is out of the question considering we got a sequel with the post game of Redemption. We saw Jack Marston extract revenge on the man who killed his father and bring the story full circle.
A sequel following Jack would seem unnecessary, so a game based on a new protagonist seems most likely. Although, judging from the second teaser image, we could be getting more than one protagonist.
In the spirit of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar may be implementing their multi-character tool and allow players to control more than one character in the story of the game. As we can clearly see seven people in the background of the image, we could be seeing a story in vain to The Magnificent Seven. Who wouldn't want to be part of a ragtag team of cowboys?
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A Prequel Starring John Marston
John Marston is arguably one of the greatest video game protagonists of all time. Who would have thought that the death of an ex-outlaw in the Wild West would have caused the heartbreak of so many men (me being one of them)? So it would make sense for Rockstar to bring John back.
As for the story, I imagine it would be based around John's outlaw days when he used run with Dutch and Bill. While the image of the seven cowboys makes us think of the heroes in The Magnificent Seven, it would be hilarious if Rockstar - in extreme Rockstar fashion - put a villainous team of seven outlaws in place of the seven heroes.
While it is great to speculate on what we could see from the latest entry in the Red Dead series, I think we should all just sit back, relax and think about the $60 that will soon be exiting our bank accounts.