The acclaimed studio behind Grand Theft Auto V is returning to the Wild West next fall with a much-anticipated follow-up to their cult classic, Red Dead Redemption.
After a few days of posting teaser images on the official Rockstar Games Twitter account, the developer made the announcement official on Tuesday with an updated version of one of their previously posted images.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 16, 2016
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 17, 2016
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 18, 2016
The updated version included the title of the game, the release window of fall 2017 and the announcement of a debut trailer slated to release Thursday.
The official page for the game also reveals that the game will release exclusively on the current generation of game consoles.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been expected by fans for some time now. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Red Dead’s publisher, Take Two Interactive, stated in 2014 that “it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise.”
Earlier this year, the game’s world map was seemingly leaked, revealing a much larger area of exploration than the last entry and hinting at the game’s potential or ongoing development.
The map also seems to hint at the possibility of a crossover with the Mafia game series, also published by Take-Two.
The last entry in the series was a commercial and critical success, selling over 13 million copies between its release and the 2012 holiday season.
It recently hit backward compatibility on Xbox One and became the 17th-highest selling game on the Amazon store a few days before it was available to play.
Thursday can’t come soon enough.