A while back in the midst of 2014, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick came along and stated that, "It seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise." The game was an unbelievable success for Rockstar. [Red Dead Redemption](movie:42294) is still one of the greatest games that I have ever experienced, and how I long to revisit something as beautiful as it still is!
With Rockstar yet to unveil a new game for 2015, there are numerous options that we could potentially see get a release date at E3. While Rockstar has a seemingly limitless degree of franchises to pull from, including Max Payne, L.A. Noire, Bully, ManHunt and more, we all firmly believe (and seriously hope) that the game they unveil at E3 this year will be Red Dead Redemption 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Learning From GTA 5
GTA 5 has risen the bar permanently for open-world games. Two years after its initial release date for the PS3 and Xbox 360, the game still has a vibrant community that has moved on to the PS4 and XBOX One. And even now, its success still isn't over. The PC version of GTA 5 will ensure that this game lives on for years in the hands of modders and devoted fans.
But aside from its rampant success, Red Dead Redemption 2 can certainly learn a few more things from Rockstar's GTA V. But where to begin? Not all of GTA V's achievements will transfer over to the wild west with fluidity, but its chore mechanics are certainly intriguing.
3 Characters in Red Dead Redemption 2
The most obvious starting point is the fact that Rockstar introduced 3 characters into the world of GTA V. Michael, Franklin and Trevor not only served as stereotypes from American culture, they also brought gameplay variations that improved upon every GTA entry before it. This 3 character trichotomy allowed for variations in gameplay abilities, investigations into certain backgrounds while also diversifying the approach that players could take to missions.
It was revolution for the open world game, and hopefully the industry will be better for it. If we transfer this idea over to Red Dead Redemption 2, it will not only allow us to play as 3 separate characters, but explore 3 different areas of the old wild west.
3 Cities for Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption was set just at the cusp of modernity for the West. The railroad at the opening of the game not only featured allusions to Half-Life, but it heralded the arrival of a new age. The West was starting to clamp down on the vigilante lifestyle that so many enjoyed. John Marston represented a man that was torn between the two factions.
He embraced the teachings of the law and righteous actions, however his old pals pulled him back into a lifestyle of murder, robbing and revenge. It's a remarkable tale, told at such a vital time in this area's history. So where exactly could they take the story? Will it be told during John Marston's life? Move forward another few years? Or perhaps even further backwards?
Whatever time it may be set in, I'd love to see the areas of the West explored in more detail. Mexico was one particular area that was opened up to us at a later stage of Red Dead Redemption, back when Rockstar used to block off parts of their maps. It was a thrill to ride across that bridge and enter a new area, brimming with totally different NPC characters.
If Red Dead Redemption 2 was to feature Mexico again, I'd love to see a full protagonist come from this area. Then we could also have a character from the West and another who has ventured far from the East. Maybe this is the game that could see a female protagonist! The 3 could clash in a way that we've seen in GTA 5, and eventually work together. It'd be a great way for Rockstar to dig deeper into the cultures and peoples of certain areas during this time.
So what would you like to see in red Dead Redemption 2? Do you think a release date could be unveiled at E3 this year? Or are Rockstar planning something else? Be sure to let us know what you'd like to see crossover from GTA 5!