Over the past 24-hours, Rockstar Games has managed to break the internet with two teaser images over on Twitter. The first image merely featured Rockstar’s signature icon logo on a red backdrop. While this was enough to spark some speculation, it was the second teaser image that indirectly confirmed the theory that a new Red Dead Redemption 2 game may soon be on the horizon.
The second teaser features a series of cowboy silhouettes walking forward from a bright red sunset. The black and red color scheme is a clear nod to the Red Dead series, while the group of seven cowboys point to a Magnificent Seven-inspired theme. While no other text accompanied the image, the tweet serves as evidence that Rockstar most likely has something Red Dead-related up their sleeves.
The tweet unsurprisingly prompted a slew of reactionary Twitter responses with further speculation about the prospects for a future Red Dead game and what it could entail. We’ve rounded up several notable Twitter reactions below.
If Rockstar unveil a remastered Red Dead, and not a new Red Dead game. Then I'm flying to Edinburgh and shitting in their letterbox.— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) October 17, 2016
My biggest hope for the new Red Dead? Female protagonist please. Or at least one, if it's a cast of characters.— Mia Violet (@OhMiaGod) October 17, 2016
Based on the silhouettes in the image, many are speculating that the next Red Dead game will be a prequel to the events of Red Dead Redemption, rather than a direct sequel to the second game.
Calling it now. New Red Dead is a prequel, starring a younger John Marston.— Mister Megative (@mistermegative) October 17, 2016
Basically a Red Dead set AFTER Redemption would not make sense. It has to be before or during the same period. Prequel makes the most sense.— Yan2295 (@Yan2295) October 17, 2016
Red Dead 3 is a PREQUEL. John Marston and Bill Williamson. pic.twitter.com/lAyCzRbDkt— David (@davidmrattigan) October 17, 2016
A new Red Dead title would be the third installment in the series, after Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption before it. Among the Twitter reactions are a handful of tweets that propose guesses as to what the third installment would be called, with “Red Dead Revolution,” “Red Dead Retribution”, and simply “Red Dead 3,” topping the list as popular choices.
What do you think the new Red Dead is called?— Machinima (@Machinima) October 17, 2016
Red Dead Revolver...— ZackScott (@ZackScott) October 16, 2016
Red Dead Redemption...
What should the 3rd be called?
Red Dead Retro.— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) October 17, 2016
Red Dead Ridonculous.
Red Dead Ribena.
Red Dead Red Dwarf.
Blue Dead Redemption.
While we haven’t heard anything concrete about the development of a new Red Dead game, these teasers are enough to keep Rockstar on everyone’s radar over the next few weeks, anxiously awaiting updates. Whatever this Red Dead-related thing may be, there’s high hopes that it will be available on PC this time around, and that it will be more than a mere Redemption remaster. We’ll keep you up to date on any details we might receive in the near future.
Update: Rockstar has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming sometime in 2017.