It’s finally been announced, Red Dead Redemption 2, what a time to be alive. Considering Red Dead Redemption (the second installment in the Red Dead series of games) was one of my all time favourites, and nearly every game by Rockstar has given me hours upon hours of entertainment, I see no reason as to why Red Dead Redemption 2 will prosper and be one of the greatest releases of the year.
But not only is this something that we should look forward to from Rockstar, but this should be and hopefully will be, the wake up call for all other major game developers that a series as hyped as Red Dead can make your fan base not think, “Oh this game will be rubbish. The hype is not worth it.” or “The game was so hyped pre-release, and now it’s out we’ve all been lied to!” *cough* No Man’s Sky *cough*.
On the afternoon of October 16th, we got a teaser from Rockstar from their official twitter account with a more refreshing look on the logo and it took one glance for the gamers to realize what was coming next. This isn’t the norm for major game development companies, with many of them pumping what seems like our entire annual paycheck multiplied by 10 into events like E3 or Gamescom to gather as big of an audience as possible. Rockstar, however, didn’t make an appearance at E3 so this was possibly one of the most tactfully brilliant moves I’ve seen in years and all they did was change their logo.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 16, 2016
So how do Rockstar do it? How do they always manage to make a better game than many developers who put millions into gaming events? Because they listen to what the players want, they have intuitivism. Instead of continuously building hype for a game that could fail, they go beyond all expectations and create something that will be played for years after the release, for God’s sake I’m still playing Red Dead Redemption and it’s how old? I took one look at the most recent Call of Duty and after a few games online and playing tirelessly repetitive campaign I tossed my controller aside in disgust and have yet to pick it up again.
As of yet, though, it’s still relatively unclear what we’re expecting, could it be a remake of the original? A sequel to Red Dead Redemption following John Marston’s son, Jack or even a prequel, allowing us to delve even deeper into what made John Marston the crazy badass we grew to love. Most fans seem to be expecting the latter and it’d be something I hope to see.
The Red Dead series as a whole is seen by many as Rockstar’s true masterpieces. It doesn’t have the same kill, steal, and raiding as GTA does (unless you’re into that) but it still managed to entice the player for hours at a time. Something Rockstar do well is not confirming a lot, not making us excited for a feature we might not get, they just make the game and make it well – if something doesn’t work they fix it and change it, and when it does work, it works fucking amazingly.
It just goes to show that all the money developers put into making a game look good pre-release in cinematic trailers and gaming conventions doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a good game. Sometimes all you need is a splash of paint on an existing logo and you’re good to go. I have nothing but faith for the guys behind Red Dead Redemption 2 and I know that regardless of the outcome, it’ll be one of the best games of the year.
So what are your thoughts on the announcement of Red Dead? Do you think it’ll be a sequel or a prequel? Maybe even the HD remake? Let us know what you’d like to see down below in the comments!