Red Dead Returns: Rockstar reveals more artwork

Oh come on, don’t pretend you haven’t all seen it already.

Rockstar Games look like they are finally ready to announce their next title – and it’s a Red Dead game. The company’s Twitter account seems to be slowly trickling information out every day at 2 p.m. yesterday, all known accounts changed their logo to a rough-looking Rockstar logo on a red background – the infamous Red Dead Redemption shot.

Today, to get rid of any suspicions of a Halloween-themed Grand Theft Auto V update or the long-awaited sequel to Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, Rockstar have revealed a rather western looking image.

Red Dead Redemption originally released six years ago back in May, 2010. And some fans are speculating that thanks to the timing of the announcement, Red Dead 3 will release sometime near May 2017 – attributed in part to the recent shortening of times between game announcements and releases.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we have heard rumours of a mysterious Red Dead sequel. Earlier this year, there was a leak of information – which hasn’t been confirmed – which included the game’s map, setting and time. Supposedly, the new game would take place before Red Dead Redemption – which took place during the Wild West’s last days – and some areas of the map would be areas present in the future Redemption.

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Rockstar Games have also faced some criticism of late thanks to a change in how games are released from the company. Since the release of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar have neither developed nor published any major titles – a rarity for the company. This is thanks, in part, to the release of Grand Theft Auto Online and the numerous re-releases of the title itself on new consoles.

While no new single-player content has been created – again, a rarity for Rockstar – a tremendous amount of free updates have been made for the Online portion. There is some, admittingly worrying, speculation that thanks to the success of Grand Theft Auto Online – and the absurd money it makes through microtransactions – Red Dead 3 may have a larger focus on multiplayer.

We also have to remember the large scandal that took place during Rockstar boss’ Leslie Benzies departure from the studio where he claimed $150 million in unpaid royalties. While not much had happened with the case itself, one thing became clear. Leslie Benzies, who, when compared to the Houser brothers, is a much less known name, had a very large creative part in both the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption.

Are you excited for more Wild West Red Dead action? Or are you worried that series might suffer a hiccup due to Leslie Benzies departure or that Rockstar may take a more online-oriented turn to Red Dead 3?