Rockstar has been steadily drip-feeding teases this week of what appears to be a new Red Dead project, but it looks like one eagle-eyed fan was able to spoil some of the surprise.
Twitter user Bill Wright noticed that Rockstar parent company Take Two has registered the domain name RedDeadOnline.com. The site currently redirects to the Rockstar Newswire post featuring the teaser image put out yesterday.
There was already speculation that Rockstar would take a heavy online focus with the next Red Dead game after the enormous success of GTA Online, the multiplayer component of GTA V and the fact that the image released yesterday depicts multiple characters certainly points towards a multiplayer focus.
Of course, it’s always possible that Rockstar simply registered this domain to keep it out of the hands of others, so until the publisher makes a formal announcement, we still don’t know definitively if ‘Red Dead Online’ even exists. However, if Red Dead Online is real, it raises questions of what Rockstar’s plans may be. Will it be entirely multiplayer-focused and forgo a single player campaign entirely? Or is this a similar situation as GTA Online, where the multiplayer component is a distinct entity unto itself and we’ll still be getting a new story mode to play through? One hopes it’s the latter, as the single player campaign in Red Dead Redemption features arguably one of the best stories in gaming and it would be a shame to lose this narrative focus in the next Red Dead.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.