Could it finally be happening? If we go by the speculations made for Rockstar Game’s extremely vague tease, the game which created a legacy in the industry might be making an unexpected return.
Rockstar Games is so blatantly teasing an upcoming announcement related to Red Dead Redemption with a bloody red version of its iconic “R” logo. The studio’s Twitter, Facebook, and official website feature the new logo in place of the traditional black and yellow or white one. The Rockstar Newswire, where the studio is known to deliver the latest announcements, also features the same logo image.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 16, 2016
The color red has been a key aspect of Red Dead Redemption’s preliminary visual aesthetic, as it’s most noticeable here in it’s promotional artwork and its loading screens. And that is exactly what connects the given tease to the highly-acclaimed Western series. It is still unclear, however, whether the aforementioned tease has been made for a re-release of Red Dead Redemption or the long-awaited and highly demanded follow-up(my money’s on the latter!)
During the month of April 2016, an image speculated to be the map for Red Dead Redemption 2’s “official” game world made an appearance online. At the time, a source close to the development of the new Red Dead game was reported as confirming it as “a very recent art direction map.” This leak gives some serious weight to the early speculation that a completely new game could be announced very soon.
The other possible speculation that could be made from Rockstar’s tease is a re-release of the classic Red Dead Redemption for the PS4 and Xbox One. On October 11, Red Dead Revolver–the official first game of the Red Dead series–was re-released exclusively on the PS4, which could be a subtle shovel paving the way for Redemption.
Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, has never really made an official tease or confirmed a new Red Dead title being in development. However, the company’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, suggested that one of those is inevitable by describing the Red Dead series as a “permanent” property, much like their Grand Theft Auto.
During May, Take-Two stated that it will announce new titles “soon,” but also added that none of these titles will be seeing the light of day until April 2017 at the very earliest.