Will Red Dead Redemption 2 Redefine the Gaming Industry?

Red Dead Redemption 2

In 2010, Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption, the second game in the Red Dead series, to widespread critical acclaim. Following the same sandbox format as GTA, Red Dead Redemption was considered one of the greatest games for seventh generation consoles. Come October, the franchise’s much-awaited third instalment, Red Dead Redemption 2, will finally be released, and expectations for the game are sky-high.

Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two is confident that Red Dead Redemption 2 will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick even invited further scrutiny for the game by proclaiming it as “another creative milestone” that will “redefine our industry.”

It is easy to chalk up Zelnick’s rhetoric as hyperbole, a concentrated effort to drum up even more excitement for a game eight years in the making. But the reality is that Red Dead Redemption 2 may very well be what Zelnick says it is: a watershed game. After all, its predecessor is a classic in so many ways, and there is no reason for this third instalment not to follow the same trailblazing path.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Besides, we already reported that Zelnick vowed the game would deliver nothing less than perfection. Commenting on the game’s release date being pushed back repeatedly, the Take-Two CEO cited his team’s unwavering commitment to releasing the title only “when they reach that apex of effort and perfection.” In other words, fans can expect the very best when Red Dead Redemption 2 finally releases.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is another creative milestone that will redefine our industry.

– Zelnick

So far everything looks promising. Trailers for the game show a world that is highly detailed and interactive. Players will be able to decide how to encounter NPC characters, and their choices made during the game will have an effect on the world around them. The 8th generation consoles are going to be pushed to their limits.

The best in the series, at least for now, remains Red Dead Redemption, where the appeal, apart from its magnificent gameplay and spectacular graphics, was its own spin on the fabled Wild West era in the US. This period has been romanticised many times in films, TV shows, novels, and games, and the Western genre is one of the most beloved in pop culture. In the gaming industry, Red Dead Redemption is generally regarded as the Wild West genre’s standard-bearer. After the game’s huge success, more games based around the era started to appear, and like Red Dead Redemption took inspiration from the period.

The Great Train Robbery

The Foxy Casino slot game Wild Wild West – The Great Train Robbery is loosely based on the 1903 Western film of the same name. That film was supposedly inspired by the train robbery pulled off by Butch Cassidy in 1900, and the game contains all the classic images associated with bandits from the Wild West. Red Dead Redemption took its inspiration from both the history of the era and its representation on screen, with many scenes in the game taken straight out of a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a game-changer like its predecessor. Based on the trailers, all indications point to another classic. In other words, it may very well redefine the gaming industry as promised by Take-Two’s CEO.

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