'Red Dead Redemption 2' release date update: Sony debunks cancellation rumors

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Fans had been expecting the announcement of the long rumored “Red Dead Redemption 2” at the recently held Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, but Rockstar Games and Sony did not make any announcement at all regarding the sequel game. Allegedly, this was due to the game developer giving respect and tribute to the victims of the recent Orlando shooting incident where a number of people died.

However, such may not be the case at all. Adam Boyes, vice president for Third Party Relations & Developer Technology Group at Sony PlayStation, revealed that Sony’s final lineup for E3 2016 reveals and announcements had been planned for months already; therefore debunking rumors regarding the alleged decision to delay the game due to the Orlando mass shooting.

“This is not true,” Boyes said over at Twitter when asked about the rumor. “The length and content we showed has been locked and unchanged for months.”

The cancellation of the game announcement at E3 2016 did not seem likely given that there were also a number of new games revealed by various developers at the said event that also showcased the element of gun usage. These games include Activision’s “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” and “Battlefield 1,” with the latter even having the theme and setting of World War I. Should the recent shooting be a reason to postpone the reveal of all gun-related games, then these game may not have made it out on stage at all.

So far, the most recent information regarding the upcoming “Red Dead Redemption” sequel only points to a leaked map coming allegedly from the game, which also hints on a possible prequel storyline for it. Another long rumored sequel from Rockstar is the much anticipated “Grand Theft Auto VI,” which has also not been officially confirmed. However, fans are still hoping for these two games to come out soon.