E3 is one of the greatest events for developers to showcase their upcoming games to the world. Hundreds of developers congregate each year in Los Angeles for the annual show, but some studios tend to be absent from it more than others. Historically, Rockstar Games is a developer that is not in attendance.
The last appearance Rockstar Games made at E3 was during the 2014 show. They showed off a new trailer confirming GTA V’s eventual appearance on PS4 and Xbox One. Outside of their showing at Sony’s press briefing, Rockstar Games has been largely absent from the event.
The studio is developing Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 and Xbox One. It has been since last year that we heard something from the developer about the game, but that silence will likely end in the coming months. While they may not be regular attendees of E3, times are changing, and it would not be surprising to see Red Dead Redemption 2 at E3 2017.
E3 2017 is going to be yet another intriguing show. Nintendo will be doing its thing (i.e. no formal press conference), and the event will be important for Switch to have a good showing. Microsoft is going to unveil the powerful Project Scorpio system as well as new games for it. Sony will also be bringing a slew of major games, and who knows what they’ll have in store for PS4 Pro.
The latter two companies present perfect opportunities for games like Red Dead Redemption 2 to show its might. Whether it is shown using the PS4 Pro or Project Scorpio, a showcase demo using either system would be a can’t miss moment. I understand Rockstar doesn’t frequent E3, however, they have shown a willingness to make an appearance at the show.
Given the recent history of Rockstar Games, you would think Red Dead Redemption 2 would show up during Sony’s press conference. However, it absolutely would behoove Microsoft to provide enough incentive for Rockstar Games to bring their game to Scorpio’s E3 event.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is of course a multi-platform release for both PS4 and Xbox One. However, the platform gamers associate the title with most will absolutely be a valuable distinction. It seems Sony will have an exclusive catch for the game on PS4. When the game was revealed, Sony said PS4 gamers will gain access to “select online content” in Red Dead Online. What exactly this is remains to be seen, but the more either platform can associate itself with the game, the better.
If the game does not appear at E3 2017, then perhaps we can look at the past to determine when news will come next for the game? GTA V‘s first trailer was released on Nov. 2, 2011. The next trailer appeared on Nov. 14, 2012, which was over a year after the first. Keep in mind this was because the game experienced a delay.
Keeping the delay in mind, the third trailer came out on April 30, 2013, only a handful of months after the second. While we are out of April, it is always possible for Rockstar to drop some news over the next few weeks. The studio likes to release news and information on their own terms.
It wouldn’t be surprising for Rockstar to drop a new trailer on some random Sunday because hey, they’re Rockstar, they can do that and get the attention of the whole industry. At least, that seems to be the perceived mindset at times. If Red Dead Redemption 2 is indeed coming this fall, Rockstar will start vamping up news and promotion for it.
However, it we go past E3 2017 and well into the summer without news, that’s a bad sign. If silence is the word by the time July rolls around, then it’s time for people to start thinking delay. Of course, no one wants this game to come out any later than this fall. However, game development can be an unpredictable environment and Rockstar will delay the game if its needed.
In the meantime, E3 2017 will officially kick off this coming June 13 from Los Angeles. As we know now, Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch this coming fall for PS4 and Xbox One. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Red Dead Redemption 2.