'Red Dead Redemption 2' release date: PlayStation exec says game was never planned for E3 2016

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Many believed that the sequel to Rockstar Games’ 2010 action-adventure open world western video game “Red Dead Redemption” would have finally be announced during last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) only to be met with disappointment after nothing about the game showed up.

It was previously reported that Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, would be present at E3 2016. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick claimed that his company would have a major presence at the event, which many took to mean that an announcement for “Red Dead Redemption 2” might finally happen.

To the disappointment of fans of John Marston however, the focal point of Take-Two Interactive’s presentation at E3 2016 was an open world action game of a different flavor. Instead of the western frontier of “Red Dead Redemption 2,” the company’s presentation featured more about the upcoming sequel to the “Mafia” video game series: “Mafia III.”

Some alleged that “Read Dead Redemption 2” would have actually shown up at the event in the form of an announcement trailer. However, reports claim that the nature of the game trailer might have evoked images of the recent tragedy of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting, which caused it to be pulled out from being presented at the expo. The trailer would have shown at the end of Sony’s presentation, but it was allegedly replaced by a gameplay trailer for the game “Days Gone.”

However, Adam Boyes, the vice president of Third Party Relations and Developer Technology Group at PlayStation, claimed the rumors of the “Read Dead Redemption 2” trailer being pulled out was false.

When asked about the rumor on his Twitter account, Boyes responded by saying “no, this is not true. The length and content we showed has been locked and unchanged for months.”

The above suggests that neither Rockstar Games nor Take-Two Interactive currently have any plans regarding the announcement or reveal of the “Red Dead Redemption” sequel, though some assure that Rockstar Games does not need an event like E3 to launch the game.

Until any official announcements from the developers, fans can only wait for when “Red Dead Redemption 2” officially arrives to the public.