Red Dead Redemption 3 (RDR3) Release Date, Gameplay, Rumors & More

Read on to know if and when the next part of the legendary Red Dead game series is going to release.

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RDR3 Release Date: Red Dead Redemption is probably one of those games that will be remembered for a long time. The series currently has only two games, both of which are counted among the best video games; in fact, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the last game to have been added to the list of the greatest video games (at the time of writing).

In today’s post, we will be discussing the possible Red Dead Redemption 3 release date and we will also be discussing the possible platforms to which RDR 3 might come. We will also talk about the possible Red Dead Redemption 3 story and all the RDR3 release date, news, and rumors.

Red Dead Redemption Series

Red Dead Redemption Series
Red Dead Redemption Series (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

As mentioned earlier, Rockstar Games released just two games in the series, both iconic. The first game, Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 and the second game Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in 2018. Below you can find the summaries of both the game’s storyline and the platforms they support.

Red Dead Redemption (2010)

RDR1 is said to be the second game in the Red Dead series and a spiritual successor of Red Dead Revolver. The game is set in the year 1911, the time of the decline of the Wild West. The game follows the story of John Marston, an outlaw, who is forced to offer his services after his wife and daughter are taken hostage by the government. The government wants John to capture or kill his former gang’s three prominent members. The game was initially released for PS3 and Xbox 360, but due to huge public demand, it was also later ported to PC.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third game in the Red Dead series of video games and is a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. The game’s story is set in the year 1899 and follows the story of the outlaw Arthur Morgan, a Van der Linde gang member. The game also features the main protagonist of the first game John Marston as an ally of John along with Bill Williamson, Hosea Matthews, and other gang members. The game was released for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Red Dead Redemption 3 Release Date

RDR3 Release Date
RDR3 Release Date (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

Seriously, expecting Red Dead Redemption 3 right now will be equivalent to expecting Elon Musk to land people on Mars by 2025 (sounds insane isn’t it). But at least Elon is working on making that a reality (according to him by 2029, humans will set foot on Mars). On the other hand, right now, developers of Red Dead Redemption, i.e., Rockstar games are not focusing on Red Dead Redemption 3 at all.

Rockstar Games have been focusing on their next big game, i.e. GTA6. They are focusing solely on the next big title. According to a reliable GTA insider Tez2, Rockstar Games have paused the remasters of GTA4 and RDR1, and we believe that Rockstar will consider these two tasks after the completion of GTA6.

According to our estimates, GTA 6 will be hitting the markets in the mid or end of 2024 or maybe even at the start of 2025 (so, there go the next two years), and most probably after that, Rockstar Games will start working on the aforementioned remasters. Doing so will take another year or so; that being said, till 2026, their schedule is tight. Only after 2026 one can expect anything about Red Dead Redemption 3. Rockstar Games might also be looking at 2030 because that would mark the 20-year anniversary of RDR (just saying).

Red Dead Redemption 3 Gameplay

Red Dead Redemption 3 Gameplay
Red Dead Redemption 3 Gameplay (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

Rockstar created a masterpiece when they created Red Dead Redemption 2; it couldn’t have been better. The game has no release date yet, and it will probably get released after 6-8 years (bear in mind that RDR2 was in development for eight long years); now predicting what the gameplay will be like is not easy.

But, some elements are certain to remain an integral part of the game, like the open-world Western theme depicting the Western, midwestern, and Southern United States & the Wild West era.

As mentioned above, the game will not wander off of its staple open-world Western theme while featuring bandits and wildlife. There is a high chance that the protagonist of the game will have to finish several missions consisting of the set objectives to progress through the story.

However, it is not clear who might be the next protagonist of the game since it is not clear whether the game will be set after the events of Red Dead Redemption (that takes place in 1911) or before the events of Red Dead Redemption 2 (that takes place in 1899).

RDR 3 going forward in time, i.e. taking place after 1911 seems very unlikely because that would contradict the basic RDR formula – the exploration of the Wild West. If the game takes place after 1911, i.e. when the age of the outlaws is almost over, it will not be healthy for the game. RDR3 needs a non-urbanized setting and the only way to achieve that is by going back in time, i.e. before 1899.

Red Dead Redemption 3 Story

Red Dead Redemption 3 Story
Red Dead Redemption 3 Story (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

Now, when the likelihood of RDR3 being set before the events of RDR2 seems more likely, we can give some theories and ideas about what could be the possible storyline for the game. The game could show how the Wild West started after the American Civil War and show the rise of the Van der Linde gang.

The game can even add Dutch Van der Linde, the leader of the Van der Linde gang as a playable character. They could show how the three best friends, John Marston, Bill Williamson, and Arthur Morgan, formed a group.

All of these ideas are theories and nothing is for sure official, but one thing is pretty clear if Red Dead Redemption has to maintain its image as a Wild West shooter, the only way of doing that is to go back in time and develop another prequel.

Red Dead Redemption 3 Platforms

Red Dead Redemption 3 Platforms
Red Dead Redemption 3 Platforms (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

Predicting the platforms upon which RDR3 could come is again really tough. Given the speculated time when the game will release, all game consoles will become archaic by then. PS5 launched in 2020 and reading Sony’s pattern, they bring a new PlayStation every 6 or 7 years so that we may have a PS6 by 2026 or 2027. With a new PlayStation, Microsoft will also release its new gaming console (in 2021 they even confirmed that they’re working on a new Xbox console).

The release date of RDR3 also aligns with these dates so RDR3 might be coming on PS5, PS6, Xbox Series X, New Xbox (maybe) & Windows. Also, by that time there could be a new competitor in the market, or maybe even Sony or Microsoft launch some other next-gen gaming console. Who knows if the consoles will still be a thing 6-7 years down the line? We can witness online game streaming providers catching up real quick. Only the time will tell on what consoles RDR3 will be coming.

Red Dead Redemption 3 Rumors l RDR3 News

RDR3 Rumors
RDR3 Rumors (Image Credits – Rockstar Games)

There aren’t many Read Dead Redemption 3 rumors or news floating around; a guy with a Twitter handle @ProfessorsTeam who has a large following on the platform (though not for the leaking info) had tweeted the slated release dates for GTA6 and Red Dead 3. According to the tweet, GTA6 is scheduled to be released in 2023 and RDR3 in 2026.

Though it seems very unlikely that a studio with a reputation for taking time with their games will release two big games of two different franchises in such a short time, that is why this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.

It is worthwhile to mention here that a rumor emerged in 2020 that Take-Two Interactive (owners of Rockstar Games) is putting pressure on Rockstar Games to release the games quickly. If this is true, it is not good for big franchises like GTA and Red Dead and that would mean that Rockstar games might shift their focus on relatively smaller franchises like Bully.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will there be any Red Dead Redemption 3?

    Red Dead Redemption 3 is inevitable. Considering how big a success RDR2 was, Rockstar Games will not miss the opportunity to capitalize on that. Though it remains to be seen when the devs actually announce RDR3.

  2. Is Rockstar making RDR3?

    Rockstar is currently working on GTA6, focusing on making it better than GTA5. So, it is safe to assume that Rockstar Games is not going to start working on RDR3 until they’re finished with GTA6.

  3. Will RDR3 be a prequel?

    Well, there are some rumors that RDR3 is going to be a prequel, but as we said, Rockstar Games is currently focusing on GTA6 and there are no potential leaks or rumors about the game. But we believe that the most logical choice would be to make a prequel since imagining RDR after 1911 is kinda hard.

  4. What time will RDR3 be set in?

    The game will likely take place in the 1880s and could focus on the trio of John Marston, Bill Williamson, and Arthur Morgan.

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