UPDATE: Rockstar Games has officially announced Red Dead Redemption 2. It will arrive Fall 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One. Sorry PC gamers, looks like you’re going to have to petition for it.
ORIGINAL: Rockstar Games has been in the process of teasing something on their social channels. As you have no doubt seen by now, the released image (above) certainly points toward the Red Dead universe. While nothing has been officially announced quite yet, We Write Things has several theories on what the image could mean for a possible Red Dead Redemption 2.
Grand Theft Auto V set the gaming world on fire when it introduced three playable protagonists. Being able to switch between Michael, Franklin or Trevor within a moment’s notice was revolutionary. Rockstar Games inspired a new way of thinking when it came to protagonists.
As you can see in the image above, there are seven characters walking side-by-side. While it’s a bit of an insane thought, wouldn’t it be something to see seven playable characters in Red Dead Redemption 2? It would be quite the feat if Rockstar could pull it off.
Three characters was a perfect amount in GTA V, but would seven playable characters be too much? Rockstar has a great way of introducing characters gamers can fall in love with, so if any developer could ever pull off seven playable characters, it has got to be Rockstar Games.
With the emergence of online experiences where gamers team up with their friends, that certainly points to another possibility. The second theory is that gamers will team up with six of their friends and form a posse in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Co-op would obviously be the central element and the story would play out with you side-by-side with your friends. Rockstar Games has proven to be quite proficient at creating compelling online experiences. Just look at the dedicated following for GTA Online.
That said, it would be a bit of a surprise to see Red Dead Redemption 2 implement a strong online element into its single player. Rockstar is known for creating excellent single player experiences, and the inclusion of online into its single player might take a bit away from it.
Plenty of games these days have blended the single player and multiplayer experience into one, and its possible Red Dead Redemption 2 could be doing the same. Getting six of your friends together online and playing through the new world Rockstar has built would be a blast.
However, the question I ask is how would that ultimately impact the experience? Would it enrich or detract?
Hopefully Rockstar Games will have more details to share regarding their Red Dead Redemption tease soon. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Red Dead Redemption 2 or whatever Rockstar ultimately calls it.