At long last, the team at Rockstar Games announced Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, complete with a lovely new image and even a few details on when we can expect to watch the first trailer, as well as get our hands on the actual game.

For those of you who feel like this new image for Red Dead Redemption 2 seems familiar, it's because Rockstar has been teasing the damn thing for three straight days. It all began with their logo set upon the familiar red background, sent out as both tweets and updates to their other social media. Yesterday, we got an image of seven shadowy figures moving over the horizon. Today, we see the figures have grown closer, and they've brought the official title of the game along for the ride.

Many speculated that the new Red Dead game would continue the series' trend of naming. The first and basically totally unrelated game was called Red Dead Revolver. Last generation came Red Dead Redemption. For this next game, folks assumed we'd be getting something like Red Dead Revolution. Or maybe they'd go the Metal Gear route with something like Red Dead Revengeance.

Anyway, it's officially called Red Dead Redemption 2 and it looks like we can expect to play it in about a year, slated for a "Fall 2017" launch. And according to a press release from Rockstar, we won't have to wait much longer for that next piece of titillating tide-ya-over. The game's first trailer is due this Thursday, Oct. 20.

Take-Two has announced that the Red Dead sequel will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some have rumored that a Nintendo NX launch is in the cards but, at this point, we're happy to be done with all rumors related to this game. It's details or bust.

The game is billed as a look at "life in America's unforgiving heartland," taking place in a world that is both "vast and atmospheric." Anyone who has played Red Dead Redemption knows that the original game certainly lived up to those standards. What's especially interesting is that this first announcement goes out of its way to tout a "brand new online multiplayer experience," so it sounds like post-launch online support similar to what we've seen with Grand Theft Auto V could be in the cards. I actually really enjoyed the first game's online modes, even if the offerings could have used a bit more meat on their bones. If they plan to flesh that out, you can count me in.

In case you want to be front and center for that upcoming trailer, it's slated to go live at 11 a.m. Eastern this Thursday. Hopefully, it's a proper trailer too, and not just a few slow-moving stills with voice-over from the first game hinting at what the story will be about.

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