We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of when. Rockstar Games officially announced the next entry in the Red Dead franchise this morning. Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Fall 2017.

Here’s a quick blurb about the game:

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.

Of course, it will. Man, it’s crazy to think Rockstar Games used to be known solely for its single-player experience. The meteoric rise of GTA Online is changing that. I’m not complaining. I wasted countless hours tossing throwing knives at my buddies on multiplayer servers. A more in-depth multiplayer experience can only be a good thing. As long as the broader focus on multiplayer doesn’t affect the quality of single-player.

Rockstar will also drop RDR 2’s first trailer on Thursday at 11 am ET. For reference, here’s what the first GTA V trailer looked like.

And the first Red Dead Redemption trailer.

We should get a good look at the game’s graphics and some gameplay hints tomorrow.

Where the hell is the PC version?

Yeah, PC was conspicuously absent in today’s announcement. It’ll come to PC. It might not be at launch, but it will come. Just look at GTA V’s numbers on Steam.

GTA V player numbers

Unless Rockstar hates money (we know that’s not the case), there’s zero reason why RDR 2 skips PC.

Prequel or Sequel?

Which do you want? Me? I want more Marston. And since he took a few dozen bullets in the first one, a sequel with him in it is pretty much out of the question. Theories abound yesterday’s image points to a prequel. Polygon sums the rumors nicely including two of the silhouettes resembling Marston and Bill Williamson from Red Dead Redemption.

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We’ll have a better grasp of prequel or sequel when the first trailer drops on Thursday.

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