Red Dead Redemption is a hugely popular game boasting over 13 million players, all of whom are still hoping for a Red Dead 2 - and after years of waiting, a sequel (or is that prequel?) is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. Here's everything we know about Red Dead 2 including the Red Dead Redemption 2 UK release date, trailer, map and possible PC version. Red next: Most anticipated games of 2016

Rockstar has shared the first Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, giving us a brief look at what to expect from the game. It introduces some of the main characters, as well as showcasing amazing graphics and possibly the introduction of the steam train. You can watch it above.

Last updated to include news from a recent Denuvo leak, suggesting that there could be a PC support for Red Dead Redemption 2 after all. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 summary

•    Release date: Autumn 2017
•    Publisher: Rockstar Games
•    Genre: Action-adventure
•    Developers: Rockstar Games, Rockstar San Diego
•    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, (PC 'coming soon')

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Red Dead Redemption 2 release date UK: When is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out?

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date: Autumn 2017

On 18 October 2016 Rockstar Games took to social media to confirm that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be released in Fall 2017. It has also said a trailer would be released on Thursday (20 October) at 11am EST - retailers like Gameseek have taken that at the release date, albeit with small print saying it might change.

The news comes after a great deal of speculation over the course of years as to whether or not Red Dead 2 was even a thing and you can pre-order it now via retailers such as GameStop, Amazon and GAME. Prices range from £45.99 to £59.97.

At the Cowen and Company Analyst conference way back in May 2014, CEO of Red Dead Redemption Developer Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, suggested that the Red Dead franchise is likely to get a new game in the future. 

"It seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise," he said, adding "the risk of just [releasing more games] is that you end up just bulking up your release schedule and that isn't really what consumers want. Consumers want better, not more."

Red Dead Redemption, an open-world western action-adventure game, was released in 2010, and we've been eagerly awaiting a new instalment in the franchise since then. Prior to that, the original game in the Red Dead series, called Red Dead Revolver, was released in 2004. With a six-year gap between Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, we were right to predict a 2016 Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement.

The biggest evidence to suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming at some point in the future comes from Rockstar Games, which said back in 2012 that it had plans to release a new game in the series. 

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"We don't always rush to make sequels but that doesn't mean that we won't get back to them eventually," the games company said. "Stay tuned for further announcements about the future of the Red Dead series."

On 6 June 2016 an image has appeared in the Red Dead Redemption subreddit that suggests Red Dead Redemption 2 is indeed in development. Why? A piece of concept art from the game was pulled from an ex-Rockstar employee's webpage used to showcase previous work, and is dated August 17, 2015. Of course, there's always a chance that the below image along with another (listed as R2D2) are both fakes created by fans, but reddit user KDotMatrix has a more interesting theory.

“Note the chromatic aberration on the poles and other objects in the image, a small point of contention in GTA 5. Chromatic aberration has become increasingly prevalent in modern triple-A games as of late. Here’s a screenshot that shows the effect in the PC version of GTA 5. This was also present on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

“Chromatic aberration wasn’t present in [Red Dead Redemption], as it was running on an older version of the RAGE engine. Therefore, this most likely isn’t concept art from that time period.”

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Red Dead Redemption 2 platforms

So far Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One consoles but there are plenty of gamers out there pleading for it to come to PC.

Although the original Red Dead Redemption wasn't available on PC, an online petition is calling for the sequel to be launched on Windows. It has a total of 47 thousand signatures at the time of writing, just three thousand short of the target.

We've also spotted that the US GameStop listing page for the game says the PC version is 'coming soon'.

The message to Rockstar Games reads "The PC gaming community requests you to consider releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC platform. We have always supported you and loved your marvellous [sic] games over the years. Please do not deprive us of enjoying your beautiful games, as you did with Red Dead Redemption (2010). This will be an injustice to your fans if you do not bring Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC this time."

Following this, a recent Denuvo leak has led to rife speculation that the game will be coming to PC, despite no mention of the platform during the announcement. Why? Denuvo, a company that handles anti-tamper technology for PC games, was hacked recently and amongst the leaked documents was a list of developers that had planned (or are currently planning) to use the company as DRM protection. 

Of course, amongst this list was Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar. While many suggest this was for GTA 5, Rockstar ended up opting for Steam's own DRM protection technology. So, is the listing from before Rockstar decided to opt for Steam's DRM protection, or could it be for the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2? Based on PC sales of GTA 5, we'd suggest that the company is making a PC variant, but until Rockstar officially announces support, nobody can say for sure. 

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Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has commented on the success of the trailer saying the firm didn't expect it to get so many views adding that the game will offer "incredible emotional depth" with "great story elements and great gameplay elements."

"The conventional wisdom was of course that a western wouldn't work," Zelnick said about the first game to Gamespot. "We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again--and that's not meant to be cute."

Red Dead Redemption 2 will have some kind of an online mode, though this has yet to be detailed like most other elements.

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Take-Two CEO discusses RDR2 multiplayer during earnings call

Despite GTA Online proving extremely successful for Rockstar parent company Take-Two, questions during the most recent earnings call were directed at the multiplayer experience of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. More specifically, investors were curious to see whether Take-Two believed that RDR2's online mode would compete with GTA Online, with CEO Strauss Zelnick believing that it won't be the case. 

I’m fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal. And that entertainment properties don’t really compete with other entertainment properties and that you never need entertainment,” he said. “Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it’s not a need to have. If nothing in the market appeals to you at some time, there’s no reason to go and get it. And if multiple things appeal to you, avid consumers will consume all of those things".

Deep, right? He finished up on a rather positive note: “So, I don’t think there’s any competitive dynamic with any of our upcoming releases apart from the fact that our success is driven by quality. So, I think, the success of Red Dead, which is highly anticipated, will be driven by its quality. And I think the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality,”.

Tipster claims RDR2 will have three playable characters, online mode to come later

While there isn't much to go on officially at the moment, a notorious Rockstar tipster may have just given us our first hint at what to expect from Red Dead Redemption 2. The tipster, who successfully predicted two GTA Online updates, now claims that the upcoming Rockstar title will have not one but three playable main characters, in a similar style to Grand Theft Auto 5. 

The news comes via a screenshot of an unknown reddit thread, where the tipster claims that there will be "three playable characters of John's former gang, and John isn't one". He doesn't stop there either, as he continues to note that "the online mode will release later on, just like with GTA 5". It would make sense, as many value multiplayer games/modes more than single-player campaigns, and would likely cause servers to crash on launch day. The success of GTA Online signifies a turning point in the GTA series and showcased a way to keep players interested for not only months, but years. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 map

For years, all hopes of Red Dead Redemption 2 being developed was based on obscure quotes during interviews, however that all changed in April 2016. Why? An image of what is claimed to be a map of Red Dead Redemption 2’s game world has appeared online. The image was originally posted on NeoGaf, but the original poster quickly removed it – but not before it was saved and reposted everywhere online.

The image (click to enlarge) depicts a large area featuring the Gear Plains, home to Blackwater, where the first Red Dead game was situated. This suggests, to us at least, that the map will be much larger than the (already) huge maps of previous Red Dead games. It’s also worth pointing out the islands dotted around the outskirts of the mainland, indicating that the player will either be able to swim or take a boat to new locations.

There are rumours that suggest Red Dead Redemption 2 may, in fact, be a prequel to the earlier game, and the map seems to support this theory. Why? Due to the lack of a railroad anywhere on the map, which played an integral part of Red Dead Redemption. It’s worth noting that there is a mention of a “railroad” in the map key, which suggests that we could be looking at an unfinished map.

It’s also worth noting that New Bordeaux is also featured on the map, the area that Mafia 3 is set in (although some time later, in 1968). Mafia 3 was distributed by Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive, so some kind of crossover may be possible – although we can’t imagine how.

TechRadar claims that "a source close to the development of the new Red Dead game has confirmed to us that the map is indeed the real deal.” According to the site, the image is a “very recent art direction map” showcasing the different environments in the game.

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