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After four days of frenzied speculation, Rockstar Games announce Red Dead Redemption 2.

Who needs to spend millions of dollars on marketing? Not Rockstar Games, that’s for sure. All it took was a single image tweeted over the weekend to create a huge social buzz. A second image posted on Monday caused another frenzy and was enough to push Take Two’s stock price up 5% . Not bad for two JPGs.

The second piece of artwork featured the silhouette of seven magnificent cowboys standing in front of a painted sun. In today’s reveal we get a slightly better look at their faces, along with the name of the game – which is simply, Red Dead Redemption 2.

The game has been given a release window of Fall 2017 and a full trailer will be unveiled this Thursday.

Red Dead Redemption 2 teaser images

According to the brief accompanying statement Red Dead Redemption 2’s vast world will provide the basis for a brand new online multiplayer experience.

Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, said:

“With Red Dead Redemption 2, the team is working hard to push forward our vision for interactive entertainment in a truly living world. We hope to deliver players an epic experience that builds upon everything we’ve learned making games.”

Does this mean that the game will be a predominantly online experience? And do the seven characters featured in the teasers indicate an expanded multiplayer mode or an extension to Grand Theft Auto V’s character switching mechanic? Hopefully, we’ll find out this week.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released in the fall of 2017 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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