Days don’t get much better than today. Nintendo revealed Switch. Hugh Jackman claws one last time in Logan. And now we get our first look at Red Dead Redemption 2.

Well that was pretty much a whole lot of nothing. And I’m still pumped.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in the wild west again, and it shows. Horses? Check. Cows? Check. Buffalo? Check. Actual details about the game? C’mon now. You know better than to think that.

We get one piece of dialog.

“Listen to me. When the time comes, you gotta run and don’t look back. This is over.”

Prequel? Sequel? You can make the argument for either one. Is the voice talking to a younger John Marston? An older Jack (John’s son)? A brand new character?

Rockstar’s past suggests it’ll be a new character. GTA never had the same character playable across multiple games. Only Max Payne did that. Then again, GTA games always take place in different locales. Red Dead Redemption 2 appears to take place in mostly the same area. At least, according to this leaked map.

RDR 2 leaked map

The seven mysterious figures

Red Dead Redemption 2 seven riders

We first saw seven figures in an image released earlier this week by Rockstar. Today, we get another look at them on horseback riding through the wilderness. Who are they? Everyone poured over the silhouettes looking for any likeness to John Marston. But I don’t think that’s what Rockstar is showing us.

Each new piece of information about Red Dead Redemption 2 is accompanied by the same blurb from Rockstar.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

GTA Online influence will be widely felt in Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar is already hammering away at the “brand new online multiplayer experience.” And I think they are giving us our first look at it already. These seven figures aren’t part of the story. They’re part of the multiplayer.

We’re looking at a glimpse of Magnificent Seven style multiplayer. GTA V’s Heists with a wild west twist. Seven players instead of four. That’s my theory. What’s yours?



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