'Red Dead Redemption 2' release date: E3 2016 absence addressed, rumored game details revealed

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A lot of fans were expecting an announcement trailer for “Red Dead Redemption 2” during the recently held Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), especially after it was highly rumored to happen.

Reports suggest that Rockstar was initially supposed to release the trailer but backed out at the last minute. In its place, the gameplay trailer for “Days Gone” was aired instead. Fans are speculating that the developers were hesitant to show the “Red Dead Redemption 2” trailer because of the recent mass shooting that happened in Orlando. It was suggested that the trailer’s content would have showed a specific character causing a shootout inside a saloon. Thus, its reveal at E3 2016 could have been wrong timing, reports have mentioned.

However, this rumor was shut down immediately by Adam Boyes, vice president for Sony PlayStation’s Third Party Relations and Developer Technology Group. In response to a fan asking about the rumor, he tweeted saying, “This is not true. The length and content we showed has been locked and unchanged for months.” This means that Rockstar was never meant to show or reveal anything about the sequel of “Red Dead Redemption.” It also signifies that E3 2016 was planned seamlessly and that no one was really backing out.

Despite lack of official confirmation, the gaming community still truly believes that the sequel game is already being developed. A user from Reddit that goes by the name AnonDN1978 has speculated some of the details that will be included in “Red Dead Redemption 2.” It is said that the game will be set 12 years before the actual events “Red Dead Redemption.”

The title is said to be “Red Dead Redemption: Legends of the West” and it will present new two new main characters in the game. However, it should be noted that the aforementioned details have yet to be confirmed.

There is still no exact release date for the game, but it is anticipated to be released in 2018.