ByTim Horton, writer at
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Tim Horton

It has been one heck of a week so far; we have seen games by the truckload, games by the ton. With each and every studio unveiling fan favorites new and old, this has certainly been a fantastic E3 show for those that wanted to focus on games.

There were, however, a few big names that were expected to be revealed that never made it to the show. One notable title was, of course, the new Red Dead Redemption game. Back in April, images were leaked online that showcased alleged current-gen screenshots of the upcoming fan favorite, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Rumors were then substantiated further when it became public knowledge that parent company Take-Two had stated that they would be hitting E3 2016 in a big way — presumably by revealing Red Dead Redemption 2.

Take-Two, owners of Rockstar Games and 2K (publishers of Mafia 3), had no issues in allowing Mafia 3 to be revealed this week, but theorists are not convinced that this is what the studio was referring to, as this game had already been announced before the show.

If that is true, then why was it pulled?

If these latest rumors are to be believed — and we'll let you decide that — Rockstar was indeed planning on unveiling its new Red Dead title this week. It was apparently set to be unveiled during Sony’s presentation (which suggests that Rockstar has perhaps sided with PlayStation for the next installment.)

According to sources, the game was pulled at the last minute because of the tragic events that unfolded in Orlando. The studio allegedly felt that the reveal would have been viewed with great distaste if aired.

According to the report, a segment of the new game’s launch sequence involves someone walking into a saloon and gunning down all the patrons. If this is true, then, yes, this would not at all be appropriate considering recent events.

This holds some water in the sense that a lot of businesses worldwide from many separate industries have (quite rightly) had to change things at the last minute. Although other games featured gun play, none of them involved any real relevant controversial themes or imagery. The saloon scene described certainly could cause distress.

The slot was seemingly filled with the Days Gone demo — which looks amazing, by the way — however, this was likely put together at the last minute, as it was allegedly not meant to be revealed for another month.

Another day, another rumor — it wouldn’t be entertainment without a rumor or two, after all — but what you believe is up to you. This has not been confirmed by any official source but could easily make sense. Personally, I don’t see it, but what do you think? Does this tie in to anything you have seen or heard?

What do you make of this latest rumor?


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