Red Dead Redemption 2 release date: New game expected 2016; to be a prequel set in Japan, may center on John Marston or Ronins

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With Red Dead Redemption set to release soon, news about the storyline and possible gameplay details have surfaced online.

According to a report by Cross Map, the game could be set in Japan with the plot centered on John Marston. There are also other theories suggest that the game could involve the character of Yojimbo, who appeared in a 1961 Japanese movie, featuring Ronin, the masterless samurais, directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Nerd Reactor reported that the game is expected to release on PS4 and Xbox One consoles but no official confirmation has yet been released by game developer Rockstar. 

The report also suggested that the game could be entitled Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West. It also said that the second version of the game will be a prequel to the first one, and may include the characters John Marston and Bonny McFarlane.

Reportedly, the game will have three main characters, an Irish immigrant, a bank teller named Seth from the Kansas City and the third being a customized character.

“The risk of just [releasing more games] is that you end up just bulking up your release schedule and that isn’t really what consumers want. Consumers want better, not more,” Strauss Zelnick, Rockstar CEO, said in a GameSpot report. 

In another statement, Zelnick said, “It’s wonderful to see so much excitement and enthusiasm for the Red Dead series, and nearly 5 years after Red Dead Redemption’s release. As we’ve mentioned when asked in the past about new games in other series such as ‘Red Dead Redemption,’ ‘Bully’ and ‘L.A. Noire,’ we don’t always rush to make sequels, but that does not mean we won’t get to them eventually,” Zelnick said through the official website of Rockstar.

The game is expected to release sometime next year.