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What If, In Red Dead Redemption II…?

Yeah I got another one of those darn Red Dead Redemption II articles – but hey, I’m really excited for this game and can’t wait to get my hands on it. And the release of the second trailer a while back is not helping much as ideas for the plot keep popping into my head.

Given the mass amount of detail Rockstar like to cram into their game worlds, I’m sure Red Dead Redemption II will be no different – I mean, they even added swinging horse-bollocks… they really have, check out the trailer closely. Actual horse-balls physics!

But there is one detail in the previous game that some people overlooked and its a detail I hope plays a bigger part in this sequel… err, prequel. And seeing as Red Dead Redemption II is a prequel – that means that my idea could work out too. Okay so for those not in the know despite the ‘II’ in the title of the game, Red Dead Redemption II is not a sequel but a prequel – even more so, it not really a II either.

Red Dead Revolver

Red Dead Revolver was the first game in the franchise and released in 2004 by Rockstar for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It told the story of bounty hunter Red Harlow (above) who uncovers the plot that killed his parents and extracts his revenge. This was followed by Red Dead Redemption for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010. Where we play as John Marston trying to atone (or get redemption) for his past life as a gang-member – making this game the second in the series and Red Dead Redemption II the third… but its a prequel so technically its the second or could it even be the first?

See, we don’t actually know just how far back in the timeline of the series Red Dead Redemption II will go. Five years, ten, twenty, more? Which brings me to the aforementioned little detail in Red Dead Redemption that many people overlook or just did not know about. There has always been some sort of debate as to whether Revolver is even part of the Redemption series at all as many people claim that Redemption is in fact a reboot to the Red Dead franchise and exists in its own separate universe. Except that’s not true…

Red Harlow

That right there is Red Harlow from Revolver in Redemption – he is in the game. Now before everyone jumps in with ‘that’s only in the multiplayer’, yes that is very true. Numerous Revolver characters including Annie Stoakes, Shadow Wolf, Ugly Chris and even Red Harlow himself are playable in Redemption… but only as part of the multiplayer aspect and not the main story. So that really does not count does it?

You know how I talked about the level of detail Rockstar put into their games (horse-plums people!)? Well Redemption has a ton of tiny details too and one of them was being able to just wander over to a campsite in the dessert, sit down and listen to stories told by strangers. And who was the subject of some of those stories?

“You heard of that Red Harlow fella?

Red Harlow and his adventures, the events of Revolver are mentioned within the main story of Redemption more than once. That video is just one of the numerous stories told and more than one of them mentions Red Harlow by name. So there you have it, solid proof that Red Harlow and the events of Revolver happened and do exist within the main story of Redemption. So what does this all mean?

Well people are getting all excited about the prospect of John Marston returning as the new game is a prequel, me? I’m really not all that bothered if John returns or not, yeah it’ll be nice to see him and all that – but what if another character returns, what if Red Harlow is a part of the Redemption II story line? It is possible, it could happen right?

For me, I’d much rather see Red back over John… or what about both?

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Given we don’t know exactly how far back Redemption II will go, its kind of hard to work out the timeline. But the main events of Revolver were set sometime in the 1800’s, I’ve not played the game for years so if anyone can come up with a more accurate date, it’ll be much appreciated – but I’m not even sure if an exact date was mentioned. While Redemption was set in 1911 with John being born in 1873, making him around 37-38 years old during the events of the game. So it is possible the two existed in the same place at the same time… depending on exactly when the events Revolver occurred. A younger John Marston could have interacted with an older Red Harlow and that could be a part of Redemption II‘s story even if its set 20 years before Redemption. A 17-18 year old John and a 50 year old Red? If Billy The Kid could be an outlaw by the age of 18 (and he was), then so could John Marston.

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The more I think about this, the more it makes sense. Redemption II could be the game that officially links the previous two games together… with added horse-nards!

 

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Red Dead Redemption II – 2nd Trailer

Well its finally here. Forget a big build up, lets just get right to it…

This is a little follow on from my previous Red Dead Redemption II article and here I’m just going to offer my thoughts on what this new trailer shows us (after watching it several times).

First impressions… I looks efing’ gorgeous. The vistas and scenery, the character models, the lip syncing, etc. It all looks incredibly detailed and to be honest, after Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V –  I’d expect nothing less either. Also, its now Red Dead Redemption II and not 2.

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The trailer synopsis, according to Rockstar themselves reads:

“The story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.”

Morgan Horse

So looks like we’re playing as this Arthur Morgan character or at least he is one of the characters you play as. I’m still confident there is more to be revealed when it comes to playable characters and I also think the multi-character mechanic from Grand Theft Auto V will make a return. Mainly as you are connected to the Van der Linde gang which is the gang that previous protagonist, John Marston was involved with in the events before Red Dead Redemption… which would also cement in place what many people thought from the start – that this game will be a prequel. It also could mean the return of John Marston as a playable character. Plus Dutch appears in the trailer and if you’ve completed the previous game – then you know this means it has to be a prequel.

No John Marston though… not yet anyway. But I think this could be Abigail Marston…

Abigail

She was a member of Dutch’s gang and the character models look very similar between the two games… except for the obvious quality difference. And I think when she says “You’re the only one of these fools that I trust.” That she’s talking to an off camera John.

Morgan seems to be a complete, unrelenting asshole. There’s a part in the trailer where he threatens the son of a grieving mother still in mourning over the death of her husband… the he was most probably responsible for. He seems like a very different character to John Marston who was actively trying to become a better man.

Morgan

Morgan seems like he relishes being the bad guy, so quite a contrast from the previous game. Its also point blank pointed out that he is a wanted man so it seems you’ll definitely be playing on the wrong side of the law this time around… at least as Morgan anyway.

We get to see some interesting action in the trailer too. A train heist, bank robbery, all sorts of fisticuffs and gun-play, alligators and the return of the wild horse breaking… I didn’t see any wild flower collecting – which is a good thing. But the wildlife is back and more varied than before too, so hunting will be a part of the game again. I also noted the use of a bow & arrow hinting that ‘injuns’ could be a part of the game. There is also a variety of places to explore including snowy mountains, swamp land, forests and of course – classic western towns.

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There’s still much more for Rockstar to reveal in regards to Red Dead Redemption II I’m sure of that, and we’ll see more trailers over the next few months that’ll reveal more characters and plot and hopefully some actual gameplay footage.

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Its looking good, very, very good indeed. Still no confirmed release date though, just that ‘Spring 2018’ rough time-frame. But I can wait. Looking forward to playing as a complete bad-ass, outlaw, cowboy and causing some wild west havoc.

 

What I Don’t Want From Red Dead Redemption 2

There’s going to be a new Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement very soon (in only a few hours in fact).

Red Dead Redepmtion 2 Teaser

Yes, Rockstar have been doing what they do best by teasing us fans when they Tweeted the above image and nothing else. But what is coming in a few hours? A new trailer? Gameplay footage? Online mode reveal? A confirmed release date?… another delay?

We can do nothing but wait…

Its been almost a year since Rockstar released the first teaser trailer in October of 2016 when they also teased a fall 2017 release date and if things had worked out – we most probably would all be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 right now. Of course the game was delayed until 2018 (as some predicted months ago), so no Red Dead Redemption 2 for us.

In the almost 12 month wait between that first trailer, Rockstar have remained very tight lipped and with the exception of a few images – they’ve shown us nothing. But this has not stopped fans from predicting what the new game will be about. A full on and direct sequel is what the title suggests, but given the fact the last game ends just as the wild west era was dying out – a sequel seems doubtful… possible but doubtful.

Others think it’ll be a prequel filling in the backstory of John Marston and his involvement with Dutch van der Linde’s gang that served as the backbone of the plot for Red Dead Redemption. Some have even suggested that’ll it could be both a sequel and a prequel featuring John’s son Jack Marston. With the player being both Jack in the ‘present’ telling the story of his father in the past via stories he was told growing up. But no matter what theory you look into – there’s one central factor that seems to be a fan favourite and that is that John Marston will be in Red Dead Redemption 2.

John Marston

Now, I love me some John Marston. In fact I would say he’s probably one of my all time favourite game characters ever. He’s charismatic, humble, caring as well as being a total bad-ass. The ending to Red Dead Redemption is still one of the most emotional and hard hitting game endings I’ve experienced and I miss playing as John as much as the next fan. But do you know what? I don’t want John in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Well let me rephrase that. I don’t want John as a main playable character. If Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be a prequel – then I’d rather that Rockstar come up with all new characters and story. As much as I adore John Marston, I feel I’d rather play as a new character or characters – given Grand Theft Auto V’s multiple character mechanic, I’m sure we’ll see that return here too. But also like the Grand Theft Auto franchise, I always enjoy how they create all new characters for each game.

GTA V Characters

There are often references and ties to previous games (within each new Grand Theft Auto generation) and characters from one game can often appear in another. This is something I’d like to see with Red Dead Redemption 2 – a whole new set of main characters to play as but maybe have them cross paths with Dutch’s gang and John. Intertwine the stories and let us peak into the window of John’s previous life before Red Dead Redemption, sure have that story going on the background -but give us a totally new set of main characters to play as in the main story.

Yeah I love me some John Marston but I also think his history should remain just that – history. Keep it under wraps and leave us fans to make up our own mythology of John. Oh yeah, one more thing… a lot less wild flower picking too.

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Just have to wait for the big reveal now…

Red Dead Redemption 2 Officially Delayed.

Well, I did write the following article in March…Could Red Dead Redemption 2 Be Delayed Until 2018?

After looking at all of Rockstar’s big game releases over the last decade or so, I proved how each and every one of them has been delayed and pondered whether RDR 2 could follow suit… and now it officially has. As Rockstar themselves have confirmed right here.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set to launch Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.

We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of new screenshots from the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Well there you have it, straight from the horses mouth. No RDR 2 until at least spring 2018. Its a bit of a blow for all RDR fans everywhere – but hardly unexpected given Rockstar’s track record with delays. Still, at least they have given us some new images to look at which I’m sharing right here.

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Looks beautiful.

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Just a shame we have to wait even longer now. But I just know the extra time will be used to make the game as polished as they can. I can wait…

About That ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Leaked Image… Its Not

Pretty much any and everyone eagerly awaiting the release of Rockstar’s sequel/prequel to Red Dead Redemption has gone crazy over the leaked image that has been doing the rounds recently.

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Its Not What You Think

I’ve read articles that have analysed the image over and over. “That’s definitely a young John Marston.”, “That’s Armadillo. It just looks different because its a prequel.” and so on. Some sites have compared the image to the official trailer released last year and made direct connections as proof that the said image is definitely from Red Dead Redemption 2.

There is a slight problem with all of these articles that are making these comparisons. That ‘leaked’ Red Dead Redemption 2 image is not from Red Dead Redemption 2 at all. In fact – the image comes from an all new game called Wild West Online being developed for the PC and there are other images too.

The Wild West Gets Social

Wild West Online will be an open world PvP MMO game. A countdown on the official site is promising more info in a few days but some features of the game are already known. Being inspired by Rockstar’s Red Dead RedemptionWild West Online will give players the chance to explore an open world map all while forming a posse of other real players. You can also decide to either defend or break the law as you try to make a name for yourself and your fellow cowboys or you could just sit around in a saloon and play some cards.

612 Games, the developers of Wild West Online are made up of some of the talent behind games like Crysis and League of Legends are set to launch a Kickstarter at the end of this month to help fund the project and include stretch goals for an added bonus. Yet even without the Kickstarter campaign, the team say that they are already so far along in development that the game will see a release later this year regardless of the Kickstarter.

While the game takes in main inspiration form Red Dead Redemption – particularly the multiplayer/online element. The development team want to bring a very different game with this MMO and that it won’t be a typical grind-fest and repetitive quests and promise a very different MMO with more variety and depth. It seems there will be more to the game than just being a cowboy as you can forge an alternate career and specialise in various vocations such as a gatherer, prospector or even a farmer. Then use your wares to inject fuel into a player-driven in-game economy.

Gathering resources and even building camps will be a big social aspect of the game that will be coupled with a crafting system which will rely on discovering new creations, recipes and weapons. All will help build and grow your posse as you add more and more real life players. The team also say the game will be more story, character, and gameplay-driven than other MMOs and they are working on a unique progression system that will add depth and keep players coming back for more.

The Good, The Bad And The Lawless

If you do chose the wrong side of the law path for your posse, then you will soon find yourself becoming a wanted gang. As you earn wanted starts and the infamy of your gang grows, you’ll find yourself being sought out by bounty hunters, sheriffs and deputies all played by real people. Rivalries will be formed between the right and wrong side of the law as the intricate gang system in the game starts to grow with each new player.

The developers are promising many, various way to break the law and become a known outlaw if you wish. From simple robberies and bigger bank heists to outright murder. As you and you gang raise their lawless profile, you’ll find that you will become exiled from towns – and this is where you can set up your very own bandit hideouts and where the previously mentioned resource system will play a big part. As you’ll be able to build and upgrade your hideout trough the course of the game.

Its looking and sounding great. Seeing as Rockstar seem to have no intention of bringing either the original Red Dead Redemption or its sequel/prequel to the PC – then this game seems the be the closest PC gamers are going to get to a multiplayer wild west game.

More details of the game will be released soon, stay tuned to the official Wild West Online site.

Sources: playwwo.com, pcgamer.com.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Leaked?

Quite possibly the biggest game of 2017 is just a few moths away from release. The only problem is, we don’t know exactly when Red Dead Redemption 2 is due to hit shops as developer – Rockstar are infamous for playing their cards close to their chest.

Details of the game are spare to say the least and the interwebs is alight with fans scouring any and every detail they can to find any morsel of small information about the upcoming title. But it may just be that UK based retailer – Base have let a rather large cat out of the bag…

Base are currently taking pre-orders for Red Dead Redemption 2 and have a release date of 26th September. That day is a Tuesday (to save you checking) and Tuesday is normally the day when new releases hit shops. Plus September is in the Fall season, which is the only date revealed up until now via Rockstar themselves. It all adds up.

Rockstar themselves have neither confirmed nor denied that this is the official release date… yet. It could just be a mistake and maybe Base are just taking a wild stab in the dark – or maybe they have accidentally let something slip that they were not supposed to? Is it worth booking a week off work right now or maybe wait until an official announcement?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set for release 26th September… possibly…

You can watch the teaser trailer for the 157th time below because whenever anyone writes an article on Red Dead Redemption 2, they have to include the same teaser again. Its the law!

 

Could Red Dead Redemption 2 Be Delayed Until 2018?

There are two games set for release this year that have got me salivating with an-tici-pation. Those two are State Of Decay 2 from Undead Labs and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. These two games share something in common (aside from a ‘2’ in the title), neither one of them have been given a specific release date yet and just a rough estimate.

State Of Decay 2 developers – Undead Labs have said that they will be revealing a lot more of their game and even a specific release date at E3 this June… and I can’t wait. Yet Rockstar seem to be much less revealing about Red Dead Redemption 2. So far – all we have is a very lose ‘Fall 2017’ release with many people assuming this will be sometime in October/November. But I have a question, what if Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed until 2018? You see, Rockstar don’t really have a great track record of keeping their games release dates. I mean, lets look at some evidence…

Grand Theft Auto IV

This was Rockstar’s big anticipated game for the last generation consoles after a 4 year wait since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Grand Theft Auto IV was slated for a late October 2007 release for around eight months of that year, but it was not released in October of 2007 at all.

With just 2 months before its scheduled release, Take-Two (Rockstar’s parent company) Chairman Strauss Zelnick made this satement:

With Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar is setting a new standard for next generation video games. Certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected, especially given the commitment for a simultaneous release on two very different platforms. We all recognise that perfecting the game is vital and I can assure everyone it will be worth the wait. We owe it to the game’s millions of fans, to our dedicated development team, and to our shareholders to make sure that Grand Theft Auto IV is a groundbreaking gaming experience that takes maximum advantage of next generation technology.

What that all meant was that Grand Theft Auto IV was delayed until April of 2008 instead of its planned October 2007 release date.

Red Dead Redemption

For pretty much the whole of 2009, Rockstar kept tight lipped about a release date for their recently announced Red Dead Redemption, but many assumed the game would see an early 2010 release. Then Rockstar revealed an official trailer with a firm April 27th 2010 date seemingly set in stone. You guessed it – the game didn’t make its April 2010 release date.

This time around, it was Take-Two CEO Ben Feder who said:

We shifted the launch of the game by several weeks into the third quarter. We believe this is the optimal time frame to release what is being hailed as the next generation of sandbox games.

So the delay this time was only a few weeks as Red Dead Redemption actually hit stores on May 18th, 2010 instead of April. But believe me – after reading up about the game and seeing the trailers. Those few weeks of a delay felt like several months.

Grand Theft Auto V

It was in October 2011 when Rockstar formally announced that Grant Theft Auto V was coming. The announcement was also very similar to that of Red Dead Redemption 2 with an early tease followed by a debut trailer soon after. Rockstar originally stated that Grand Theft Auto V would see a Q2 2013 release – with many thinking an early summer date.

Then on January 13th, 2013 on Rockstar’s official site, they posted this announcement:

Dear all,

Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.

We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.

To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.

Yours,

The GTA Team

The strange thing is that this delay came from nowhere after months of complete silence from Rockstar since the official Grand Theft Auto V reveal. You know, very much like how we have heard nothing about Red Dead Redemption 2 since its official announcement months ago too.

Summing Up

It seem to me that Rockstar have been making a habit of delaying games. Let’s not forget that they also delayed Max Payne 3 from its original March date to May 2012 too.

Some delays are a few weeks, some are several months. But there is no denying that Rockstar have had all of their major releases delayed over the last decade or so. Yet all of these delays share one thing in common – they all come about after not hearing anything about the game for several months. And we have heard nothing about Red Dead Redemption 2 since its official reveal trailer back in October of last year…