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Red Dead Redemption 2 Likely For 2017 Release

Following its re-launch on Xbox One, Red Dead Redemption 2 is now a question of when, not if.

The original Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games of the Xbox 360/PS3 console generation. Dubbed “GTA but with horses”, the game followed the adventures of John Marston, a horseback rider gunman of sorts, and

The game would go on to sell millions of copies.

Just last week, Red Dead Redemption was finally released as a backwards compatible title on Xbox One. Retailing for $60NZD, the new version doesn’t offer the graphical upscale as expected, but it’s a good return to an old classic nonetheless. In fact, sales for the original disc copy of the game skyrocketed by 6000% after the announcement of backwards compatibility.

Rockstar Games are yet to make any official announcement of the sequel and a potential release in late 2016 is highly unlikely. One YouTube channel speculated that Red Dead Redemption 2 was scheduled to be revealed during Sony’s E3 Press Conference but was pulled at the last minute. You can hear more about this in the video below:

You’ve got to remember that Red Dead Redemption came out in May 2010, over six years ago.

Rockstar don’t usually announce their games at any of the big conferences held throughout the year. As speculated in the video above, this was due to change in 2016, but just when the next game in the RDR franchise is set to release remains a mystery.

Spring 2017 looks like a reasonable date for Red Dead Redemption 2. This way, Rockstar won’t be going directly up against Sony’s big new debut of Horizon: Zero Dawn and will likely only have to contend with third-party publishers.

There is no question of if Red Dead Redemption 2 will release, the game is already well into it’s development cycle. For now, Rockstar seem content on continuing to pour a lot of public attention into GTA Online, which itself has just had another update. At this point, Rockstar could be holding an announcement until they have more of a firm idea of where the Xbox Scorpio is at with its development. If Microsoft can convince Rockstar to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 at around the same time, pending Sony don’t drop the PS4 Neo beforehand, it could be a big win for Xbox.

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