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Red Dead Redemption 2 officially announced for next year

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After some light teasers earlier this week, Rockstar Games has officially announced Red Dead Redemption 2, a followup to the 2010 Western-themed game Red Dead Redemption. According to an image on Twitter, the game will be released in the fall of 2017, and a trailer is coming on Thursday, October 20th at 11AM ET. There’s also a website, although it doesn’t provide much more detail.

People have been speculating about a sequel or prequel to Red Dead Redemption — which itself followed the 2004 game Red Dead Revolver — for some time. The only real hints about its content so far are the seven silhouettes in the image above, which my colleague Chris Plante previously suggested could reference either The Magnificent Seven or online multiplayer features. And indeed, the website describes the game as “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland,” whose “vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.” We’ll have to wait until later this week to learn more.