Saddle up those horses and throw on those John Marston hats: There’s a chance — repeat: just a chance — that Rockstar Games MIGHT be working on a sequel for Red Dead Redemption, arguably one of the best open-world games of all time. It’s wishful thinking, but video game blogs are losing their shit over news from Take-Two’s latest earnings call. After shattering records with GTA 5 last year, the developer expects a new game to account for 45-percent of its revenue for the 2014 financial year (which ends in March 2015). CEO Strauss Zelnick announced with gusto “We’re excited about what [Rockstar] have in store for the new generation of systems this fiscal year.”
The a sequel to the beloved game has been rumored for a long time, but Rockstar has never officially commented. In true Rockstar fashion, they’ll probably announce with a trailer out of no where to amp us up beyond belief, just like they did wth GTA V. Rockstar is pretty cavalier about keeping to its production schedule, but the obvious speculation is a Red Dead Redemption sequel for next-gen systems. But there are other possibilities, too. Via Game Rant:
There’s also the possibility that the next-gen game could be Bully 2, another title that seems part of Rockstar’s future plans, but has yet to be officially announced. In fact, Rockstar filed a few Bully-related trademarks in the last year or so, suggesting development might have begun at Rockstar’s Vancouver studio.
Unfortunately, while we’d like to believe that a new Bully, a new Red Dead Redemption, or even (wishful thinking) a new LA Noire is on the way, chances are this “next-gen” release to which Zelnick is referring are the PS4 and Xbox One ports of Grand Theft Auto 5 that gamers have been expecting for the last year. It’s true that Rockstar proclaimed their current versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 as “next-gen,” but few believed they wouldn’t eventually port the game to Microsoft and Sony’s new platforms.
Fingers crossed for Red Dead. We all need more John Marston in our lives.