'Red Dead Redemption 2' Release Date, News & Update: Was It Supposed To Be On E3? New Details Revealed

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Jul 01, 2016 09:56 AM EDT

E3 has come and gone, and as usual, we've seen a lot of games both new and repolished come out of the expo. What we didn't see, however, is any sign of the long-awaited sequel of that other Rockstar Games property, "Red Dead Redemption 2."

There were rumors floating around the internet that "Red Dead Redemption 2" would be part of Sony's big announcements at E3. When it wasn't announced by either Sony or Rockstar Games, new rumors surfaced, claiming that the trailer contained a scene in which a character strolled into a saloon and shot all the people inside—and that such a scene would have been gravely distasteful after the unfortunate mass shooting in Orlando a couple of weeks ago.

However, according to Vine Report, Sony's Vice President for Third Party Relations and Developer Technology Adam Boyes quickly denied these rumors, stating that the program flow for the Sony presentations were set months before E3. "Red Dead Redemption 2" most likely was never planned for an announcement at all.

So far, "Red Dead Redemption 2's" projected plotline does not seem to include the previous game's protagonist, John Marston. Movie News Guide reports that they will be replaced by two new characters, people we only know as Irish and Seth, who seem to be treasure hunters searching across the untamed American landscape.

In other news, fans are still heavily speculating on what new features "Red Dead Redemption 2" would possibly have. Some are hoping that a new massively multiplayer mode would be included, much like that in "Grand Theft Auto V."

Meanwhile, on the original "Red Dead Redemption" front, Xbox players are still hoping for the Xbox 360 version's backward compatibility with the Xbox One. The only update from Microsoft on that front is a statement from Richard Irving, the company's group program manager, saying that they're hard at work with third-party developers in making the Xbox One backward compatible with older titles.

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