Fans have been clamouring for a sequel to Red Dead Redemption since shortly after the game released back in 2010. Now, the talented Machinima producers over at GTA Series Videos have created a tribute to the title within Grand Theft Auto 5.
The video shows Red Dead Redemption protagonist John Marston continuing the shootout he began in the Old West in modern day Los Santos. Swapping his horse for a motorbike and his six-shooter for a heavy machine gun, Marston certainly fits in with the cast of characters that was introduced in GTA 5.
While Marston appears in this video thanks to the fan-created ‘Modern-ish John Marston’ mod, the character actually already makes a small appearance in Grand Theft Auto 5. During character creation in GTA Online, players can select two parents to influence their character’s appearance, and Marston is one possible father.
That cameo demonstrated that Rockstar clearly haven’t forgotten about Marston or the Red Dead Redemption series, and this anniversary tribute suggests that fans haven’t, either. With the game’s creators and its fanbase seemingly on the same page, how long can we expect to wait to hear official word about a sequel?
It perhaps won’t be all that long at all. One year ago, the CEO of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two stated in no uncertain terms that we hadn’t seen the last of the Red Dead franchise. The question seems to be when an announcement will be made, rather than if it will be at all.
With Grand Theft Auto 5 out across all scheduled platforms, it seems likely that the focus of Rockstar’s resources must be shifting behind the scenes. Whether it’s being used for a Red Dead sequel, the often-rumored DLC for Grand Theft Auto 5 or a completely new project is less easy to predict.
However, fan-made content like this Marston Machinima will play its part in the direction that Rockstar takes — or, as is perhaps more likely, is taking at present. The fact that players are obviously still invested in the Red Dead Redemption world and its characters makes it easier for studios to commit to a big-budget sequel to a game that sold very well.
All this being said, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just wishful thinking — for now. We’ll have to wait for official word from Rockstar to see if the project will become a reality, and how long we’ll be waiting to play it.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Source: GTA Series Videos