Alright guys. This is real.
Rockstar Games have begun teasing a new sequel to Red Dead Redemption. The above image was Tweeted out on Tuesday, showing seven characters walking over the horizon.
No caption. No description. No info. Pure excitement.
This is A-Grade viral marketing at work. Rockstar Games are clearly well-aware of the huge appetite that exists for a Red Dead sequel at this point, with the last game having arrived more than six years ago.
This careful drip feed of teasers will build huge anticipation before the game is actually announced, and it’s clearly working very well so far.
The initial Tweet on Sunday, October 16, that started it all - which consisted simply of the R* logo on a broken, Red Dead Redemption-style background of broken red - got 110,000 retweets and 180,000 likes at the time of writing.
So they have already whipped up a frenzy of excitement on the internet, even among the more casual gaming audience. Seriously, I’ve seen people who I did not even know to be gamers talk about their excitement for this.
And it’s easy to see why. Red Dead Redemption really was a classic. It transported gamers back to the wild west in a way that no other game, and arguably even movie, has ever done before. It made brilliant use of its characters and setting, putting players in the dusty boots of bad-man-turned-good John Marston - an infinitely likeable badass who was rounded and interesting.
The gameplay was phenomenal, offering up a vast and varied open world, spanning a range of different old-west inspired landscapes. It took players across dusty, cactus-filled plains, mountain forests, dusty backwater towns and even an industrialised city.
The action was varied, with all the wild-west set pieces and shootouts you could think of, while giving players the chance to do everything from hunting for animal furs and taking down bandits to just playing poker at the saloon or riding a horse across the open plains.
The storyline was gripping, the setting was atmospheric and the voice-acting and writing were spot on. It was incredible.
But let’s take a Red Dead Reality check here for a second.
No announcement has yet been made as to what any of Rockstar’s viral marketing actually is -however likely it may look like a Red Dead sequel at this point.
And if it is a sequel, (which, come on, it SO is) we will likely face a long wait until it’s actually released. With past Rockstar video games, there’s been anywhere from one to three years between announcement and release.
We are probably looking at a 2018 date with this if it is in fact a full-blown sequel.
I just hope they port Red Dead Redemption onto current gen and PC between now and then, so we can at least feed some of our excitement before a sequel arrives.
Post by Mike Williams