Dreams came true last week when Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption appeared on the Xbox One thanks to backwards compatability. But beauty is fleeting. Though the acclaimed masterpiece was playable for a short while, access to the game was shutdown shortly after with XBOX personnel writing it off as an error:
"Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles," he explained. "Due to an error some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available." - Larry Hryb, the Xbox Live director of programming
Red Dead Redemption Was On Xbox One & Now It's Not
Along with Red Dead Redemption, other last gen titles briefly appeared online, such as Halo Wars, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (holy sh$&) and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. They're also gone.
But there's something that all of this Red Dead talk has stirred up: dreams. When players and journalists alike saw the arrival of one of the highest rated games of all time on XBOX One, the idea of Red Dead 2 closely followed.
Red Dead Redemption launched in 2010, and was itself a successor to 2004′s Red Dead Revolver. Notably, that’s a six-year wait. A 2016 release of the third game would be right on the money as far as time-lines go, but we're not ones to buy into that sort of thing...are we?
But why would the arrival of Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox One signal the impending release of Red Dead Redemption 2? Well, we've seen a lot of deals lately that have bundled previous installments for free with new releases. We saw it happen with Fallout 4, for instance.
Is That Red Dead 2 On The Horizon?
Here's the dream announcement: 2K takes to the stage at E3, announces the arrival of Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One and then brings down the house with the unveiling of Red Dead Redemption 2. The previous installment will come free if you pre-order and then the waiting game begins (hopefully Holiday Season 2016).
But is it likely? 2K don't have any big releases in 2016 and they certainly teased us all with this announcement earlier this year:
Throughout the coming year, we will continue to execute our proven strategy of launching a select array of the highest-quality titles, led by new annual releases of NBA 2K and WWE 2K; Battleborn, a groundbreaking new intellectual property from Gearbox Software; and a soon-to-be announced new triple-A title from 2K.
Is it 'soon' yet, 2K?
Let us know if you think Red Dead Redemption 2 is getting a release date in 2016 in the comments below!