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Rockstar is a very successful video game developer. It’s one of those situations when you hear a brand or company name and you automatically associate it with a top selling, highly acclaimed product. For Rockstar, that product is undoubtedly the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The impact of GTA on pop culture is unquestionable, with the latest iteration being one of the bestselling video games in history.

However, there are other titles for which Rockstar has garnered praise over the years. One of those titles is Red Dead Redemption. The now iconic western has been recognized as a work of art, with fans begging for another installment. Now, almost 7 years later, it seems like they will finally get what they wanted, as Rockstar released a trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s the same story as with all sequels, however: while some are extremely happy and can’t contain their excitement, others can’t help but wonder how well the new installment will do. Will it be a massive success, building further on the good name of Rockstar and Red Dead Redemption, or will it be a complete flop?

One argument in favor of the latter was the fact that the whole cowboy, western theme is dead, pointing out that theatrical releases from recent years haven’t done so well at the box office. This, in their eyes, means that Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t start out on an equal playing field with its predecessor. However, the majority of enthusiastic Red Dead Redemption fans argue against this, countering with very successful western themed movies that are the perfect example on how a good story set in the Wild West can thrive in today’s pop culture. One of those movies was Django: Unchained, which received high praises.

All in all, the actual release date of Red Dead Redemption 2 is still far away, meaning that no matter which side ends up being right, it will still be a while before we actually find out. The RDR 2 trailer released by Rockstar points towards a Fall 2017 release.