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‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release: Anticipation ‘Enormous’ For Fall 2017 Sequel

Looking at the number of views garnered by the game’s announcement trailer on Youtube, one could easily assume that a huge number of gamers are already excited for the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. In fact, Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, shared that the huge number of views the trailer received is unexpected, further saying that “anticipation is enormous” for Red Dead Redemption’s upcoming sequel, GameSpot reported.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s announcement trailer was posted on Rockstar Games’ Youtube channel on October 20. And before officially hitting one month after the trailer’s release, its recorded number of views already reached more than 8.4 million. Watch Red Dead Redemption 2’s trailer below.

Fans who can’t wait for the release of the open-world video game sequel will be glad to know that more insights have been shared by the chief of Take-Two, who felt “not shocked” but “very pleased” with the overall reaction towards the Red Dead Redemption 2’s announcement.

Here are some of the recent Twitter posts about the forthcoming release of Red Dead Redemption 2:

As for things to expect come Red Dead Redemption 2’s official release date, Zelnick shared during an MKM Partners event that the sequel will offer an “incredible emotional depth” as well as “great story elements and great gameplay elements.” The CEO also discussed the release of the original Red Dead and how the timing is good again to offer the sequel to the western-themed video game.

“The conventional wisdom was of course that a western wouldn’t work. We took a different point of view, which is that very occasionally westerns capture the imagination of the public. When we launched Red Dead, it did. And those times were right for that. And I think the times are right for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America again–and that’s not meant to be cute.”

The tease for the Red Dead Redemption 2’s release started with a tweet from Rockstar Games on October 16 showing the game studio’s official logo in red and black, which is essentially the main color motif for the open world action-adventure video game franchise.

So far, Red Dead Redemption 2’s release was only announced for PS4 and Xbox One. Some are hoping that a Nintendo Switch port will also be available especially since the trailer for the game debuted just an hour after the announcement of the new gaming console from Nintendo. But according to Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, a Nintendo Switch version might not happen.

Official Poster for Red Dead Redemption 2

Through an exclusive interview with GamingBolt, he shared that “the chances of [Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch] are exceedingly poor.” He also added the following.

“I can’t remember any game other than – there was a GTA made for the DS, which came out in 2009. I’d be really surprised if they wasted their effort to port anything for Nintendo. I just think that Nintendo has wandered too far away from the mainstream for most of the publishers, so you’re just not getting mainstream games produced for Nintendo consoles- not ones made for other consoles, at any rate.”

Unlike the Nintendo Switch version, Pachter believes that a PC release for Red Dead Redemption 2 may eventually happen.

Since the game is still in development, the exact release date of Red Dead Redemption 2 has not been revealed yet but it should arrive at some point in Fall 2017. Pre-order for the sequel is now available.

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