Rockstar Games announces Red Dead Redemption 2 for fall 2017 release
2010 game swapped Grand Theft Auto's modern crime setting with the Wild West
After two days of teaser images, Grand Theft Auto makers Rockstar Games confirmed the sequel to their 2010 Wild West game is in the works and set for a Fall 2017 release.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is described as "an epic tale of life in America's unforgiving heartland" on the game's teaser website, which also touts a "brand new online multiplayer experience" and promises a forthcoming trailer on Thursday.
It's currently listed for release on the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2<br>Coming Fall 2017<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RDR2?src=hash">#RDR2</a><a href="https://t.co/ZacUJ48wvE">https://t.co/ZacUJ48wvE</a> <a href="https://t.co/lffZvn42pR">pic.twitter.com/lffZvn42pR</a>—@RockstarGames
Original story, Oct. 17, 2016: Rockstar Games tweeted a pair of images that appear to tease a sequel to the fan-favourite game Red Dead Redemption.
On Sunday it tweeted a simple image of its logo in black over a red background. The logo's burned-in aesthetic echoed promotional art for Red Dead Redemption, the open-world game that swapped Grand Theft Auto's modern crime setting for the Wild West.
The sequel to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, it earned multiple Game of the Year awards in 2010 and is frequently cited as one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console generation.
The tweet accrued more than 103,000 retweets and 183,000 likes in a little over 24 hours, as well as excited exaltations from Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway's Hamilton, among others.
<a href="https://twitter.com/RockstarGames">@RockstarGames</a> yeeeeeeeeees—@Lin_Manuel
The company followed this up on Monday morning with an image of seven silhouettes over a blood-red sunrise.
The tweets come almost five years after the first announcement for Grand Theft Auto 5, which launched in 2013 and has shipped more than 65 million copies since.
In April, news surfaced that one of Rockstar's former producers sued the company for $150 million US in unpaid royalties and damages over allegations he was unfairly forced out of the company.
- A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Red Dead Redemption was released in 2008. In fact, it was released in 2010. Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto 4 in 2008.Oct 17, 2016 2:59 PM ET