At an MKM Partners event, Take-Two Interactive’s Strauss Zelnick talked a little bit about the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, revealing that the game will come with an “incredible emotional depth.” According to him, players can expect “great story elements and great gameplay elements.”
Speaking about 2010’s Red Dead title, Zelnick said that back then, the time was right for Rockstar to launch a Western-themed game that ended up capturing the public’s imagination. Similarly, Take-Two believes now is a good time to release the sequel, which will take an “optimistic view of America again.”
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.
Zelnick also discussed public reaction to the game’s reveal, stating that Take-Two is “very pleased” with it and that “anticipation is enormous.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 will release in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.