There’s been an audience clamouring for the PC release of Rockstar Games’ rootin’ tootin’ fallootin' western sandbox Red Dead Redemption since its launch on Xbox 360 and PS3. Despite the odd hint that it could happen though, unfortunately there’s nothing firm so far. The evidence for an upcoming sequel, meanwhile, is getting stronger all the time.
Back in May, the CEO of Rockstar’s Parent Company Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, infamously described the Red Dead series as a “permanent franchise”, strongly implying that a sequel would happen sooner or later but leaving the timescale comfortably open with the remark, “consumers want better, not more”. But now, a potential time frame has been suggested on the Rockstar website, in their 'Asked and Answered' feature on the 17th December.
The developer said how happy it is to see continued excitement over the western franchise years after its release and that though company is not yet ready to talk about a sequel officially, but to “stay tuned in 2015 for potential news”.
And Red Dead isn't the only franchise that this statement applies to, with Rockstar’s post making specific reference to “games in other series such as … Bully and L.A. Noire”. Reaffirming and clarifying Zelnick’s statements, Rockstar elaborates, “we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually”.
Red Dead Redemption sold 13 million copies on the PS3 and Xbox 360, so a sequel certainly wouldn't be a surprising choice for the developer. And if, hypothetically, Red Dead Redemption 2 were to come on PC as well as consoles, it’s not impossible that Rockstar could consider including a port of the previous game. All speculation of course, but we can hope, right?
Fingers crossed we’ll have more news on the next entry to the Red Dead franchise next year. And perhaps even L.A. Noire and Bully as well. Perhaps Rockstar is implying that we’ll finally have firmer news on The Whore of the Orient, the planned non-chronological L.A. Noire sequel set in Shanghai 1936, but troubled by studio closures?
Have you been waiting for the new Bully, especially after the runaway success of GTA V? Is the sequel to Red Dead Redemption what you'd like most from Rockstar’s 2015 lineup of new announcements, or do you have an even better idea?