Red Dead Redemption remains one of my all-time favourite Video Games - it's a masterclass in storytelling and open-world design. To this day, I don't think Rockstar have crafted a more complete or consistent map. The areas and characters in Red Dead Redemption are expertly developed and it's still a pleasure to revisit the game all these years later. Naturally, with such a success under their belt, Red Dead Redemption 2 seems almost inevitable.
But where exactly are Rockstar going to take the next instalment? What can they do to improve upon the formula they presented in 2010? John Marston's tale of redemption took place at the cusp of modernisation and law and order for the wild west. If a sequel takes place after Marston's tale we'll be plunged into a more modern version of America, which I think might bring the game a little too close to GTA. Therefore, I think Red Dead Redemption 2 needs to go further back in time, or move its setting outside of the USA.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Outside of the USA on Release Date
The Red Dead series has always been set in the wild west. But Rockstar have moved every one of their franchises to the States in recent years. Red Dead Redemption was a break from the usual GTA formula, in that cars and busy streets were nowhere to be found. It was a brave move and it's remarkable how well they used horses as a primary form of travel and left us feeling satisfied without a rocket launcher in sight.
But I for one - and I know I'm not alone in saying this - am tired of driving the same familiar kinds of streets in blockbuster games. Aside from the Assassin's Creed franchise, which I no longer engage with, most open world games from America focus on their own soil. It's a lot of fun, but it becomes tedious after a while. Sleeping Dogs was a great example of a game that took us out of the usual comfort zone and did a great job while doing so.
Hearing foreign languages, seeing foreign lights, buildings and colours was a thrill in Sleeping Dogs and I'd love to see Rockstar take a similar approach with Red Dead Redemption 2. What if the setting of the game moved to Japan?
Red Dead Redemption 2 in Japan
The timeframe wouldn't have to change in comparison with John Marston's game. During the same age, Japan was in a state of disarray and on the brink of modernity. Samurai wandered the country side with no ties or purpose. The gun was introduced as a replacement for the samurai's sword and if you watch the likes of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, you can see how close these times were to the old west in the USA.
Being able to use a gun and a samurai sword while riding around on horse back would be an absolute thrill. Exploring the history of Japan during this fascinating age in a video game would be a real challenge for Rockstar and I think they'd do a wonderful job of it. But what do you think Red Dead fans? Do you think we should follow in the footsteps of John Marston or would you like to see Rockstar give us something completely fresh on the release date of Red Dead Redemption 2? Let us know in the comments!