Following Rockstar Games’ official announcement today that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to stores in fall of 2017 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, they have also registered the online domain name

Red Dead Redemption Online was hugely popular until hacking on the public servers made the free roam version unplayable. A recorded match of the original online game from YouTuber Dan021 can be seen below.

The announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 follows months of speculation surrounding a possible return to the wild west antics of John Marston. Rockstar had remained tight lipped on the matter, despite a number of rumors flying around the internet surrounding a leaked map and a resumé for a  networking programmer specializing in open world games.

These rumors can be put to bed now, as the official release date and confirmation of the games development has been established. Twitter and Facebook posts as well as an update on the Rockstar website give the release date and platforms, and lead on to the statement, “An epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland, the game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

It is the online multiplayer tease that will have many people excited, especially with the registration of the domain name. We are sure that Rockstar will be more careful with regards to hacking this time around, as it is online where they will probably find their biggest following, and gamers can find extended longevity.

For now we will have to wait to find out more, but not that long. The first trailer is announced for Thursday 20th October at 11 am Eastern time. Gamespresso will bring you all the latest news surrounding this trailer soon, as well as any further announcements regarding its development.

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