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Yesterday Rockstar showed off a modified logo that hinted at a future for the Red Dead western game series. Today, they have all but confirmed it with a new image. The picture, done very much in an art style that looks like it belongs on the box of an old west video game, shows seven figures walking toward, or away from, a setting sun. If this isn't a new Red Dead game it's some sort of major prank.
Yesterday, Rockstar tweeted out an image of their logo, using the same shade of red as seen in the image above. Today we get this picture. Both images were sent on the Rockstar Twitter account at 6:00 AM Pacific, so we're going to guess that we're in for at least one more tweet, if not a series of them, that will build toward the official reveal of whatever this is, though, it seems very clear that what this is, is a third game in the Red Dead series.
What we actually see here are seven silhouettes against the setting, or perhaps rising, sun. Most of them are clearly wearing cowboy hats and they're also each carrying either a rifle or a pistol. This wouldn't be any more western if Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen were visible among the crew.
It does need to be said that the fact that there are seven people in the image does make one think. The Magnificent Seven was just remade starring Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington and a plot line for the game based on the film, or at the very least, inspired by it, wouldn't be the worst idea in the world for a video game.
There were two games previously released in the series. Red Dead Revolver was the first back in 2004. It was generally well received, but the 2010 sequel Red Dead Redemption, eclipsed the original title so much that many have referred to any third game in the series as Red Dead Redemption 2, even though the first two games had no connection to each other as far as plot or characters go, which would seem to imply that the third game would be likely to stand on its own as well.
There are a lot of guesses we could make about a Red Dead 3 based on this art. The game could have you controlling multiple characters, or at least playing the leader of an existing outlaw gang. Both of the previous games were solo affairs, with the latter one having you hunt down the members of a gang your character had left before the game started. A story that followed a gang could be an interesting departure for this new generation title.
What kind of Red Dead game would you like to see come from Rockstar? Give us your ideas in the comments.