Everything We Know About Red Dead Redemption 3

Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2, are two of the greatest video games of all time. Obviously, gamers want a third entry to the series, and it's just as obvious that Rockstar will eventually release a Red Dead Redemption 3. Here's everything we know about it.
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Charles Smith would be a great choice for RDR 3's protagonist. | © Rockstar

Everything You Need to Know About Red Dead Redemption 3

Is Rockstar Making Red Dead 3?

Currently, there is no word on whether Rockstar is working on Red Dead Redemption 3 or not. We know that they are working on a Red Dead Redemption 1 remaster, but we don't have a release date for that yet, nor anything close to a release window. With that in mind, it is safe to assume that Rockstar will not start working on RDR3 before the RDR1 remaster is released. Still, looking at GTA getting its sixth iteration, it's a safe bet that Rockstar will eventually be working on Red Dead Redemption 3, if they don't already have some people going ahead with pre-planning already. Mind you, that Red Dead Redemption 2 was in development for 8 years, and it wasn't until they were significantly along production that we first heard about the game.

When Will Red Dead Redemption 3 Release?

This question is obviously even more of a mystery than the first one: Without an official confirmation or announcement, we have no way to know when the game will release – obviously. If we were to assume, though, we would place the release of GTA 6 sometime around 2025, and an educated guess would be that Red Dead Redemption to releases close to 2030. Red Dead Redemption 1 and 2 were released 8 years apart, in 2010 and 2018 respectively. Lately Rockstar has slowed production, in order to support its games for longer, so another 8 year gap suggesting a 2026 release date for RDR 3 seems unlikely.

What Has Rockstar Said About Red Dead Redemption 3?

So far, Rockstar hasn't said anything about the game. The most we got was them talking about the upcoming changes to artificial intelligence in their games. In a presentation a few months back, Rockstar promised the following changes to AI:

  • Improve the responsiveness and quality of humans and animals with lower production costs
  • Machine learning approaches
  • Better parity between AI and player-controlled characters
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Sounds promising. | © Rockstar

It is safe to assume that any changes Rockstar introduces to its games will also find their way into Red Dead Redemption 3.

Red Dead 3 Setting: Where Will It Take Place?

There are a lot of options for how Red Dead Redemption 3 could play out, as well as for where. Setting-wise, it is safe to assume that we will once again return to America and México. Unfortunately, that would also mean that not much would change. Since Rockstar set its first GTA game in London, and since Peaky Blinders has made people very aware of what Birmingham looked like in 1919, it's not entirely out of the question that Rockstar would set the game in the UK – though it would be the wildest and most surprising of reveals. Still, considering that Red Dead Redemption 2 took place in 1899, and Red Dead Redemption 1 took place in 1911, a 1919 setting in Birmingham would fit right on schedule. It also wouldn't be hard to tie it into the existing storylines, since there are many characters that Rockstar could have 'escaping' the Wild West for England.

Another setting that people are craving is a Native American theme, as well as something tapping into South America more. While the former would be the same setting as the previous Red Dead games, albeit with a vastly different theme, the latter seems so outlandish that it's much too unlikely to come true.

Another rumored story and setting that is making the rounds is that Landon Ricketts could be the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 3. Ricketts' exploits are well documented over the course of Red Dead 1 and 2, the character is still mostly a blank canvas that inspires great stories of an outlaw who eventually had to seek refuge in Mexico.

Red Dead 3 Story: What Could It Be?

As we mentioned above, the current front-runner in terms of a story is Landon Ricketts. Ricketts wouldn't stray far from the template set by John Marston and Arthur Morgan, as he is another famed gunslinger whose stories are yet to be told in the game. In Red Dead Redemption 1, we get to meet old Landon Ricketts, but little is known about the story behind the legend, and it's certainly a story that Red Dead fans are craving to explore.

Another popular story request is to explore the backgrounds of Charles Smith. Charles was one of the most popular characters in Red Dead Redemption 2 and his story basically writes itself: He was born to a Native American mother, and an African American father, and eventually found his way into Dutch's gang. Still, there is a lot of story to be told in between: Charles ties to Native American tribes, and his life as an underground fighter certainly would lend themselves to craft a story around. Also, using Charles Smith as the main character would be a welcome departure from the prototype gunslinger trope, and it would open Red Dead Redemption 3 up to new audiences.

Is Red Dead Redemption 3 Coming to PC?

Since Red Dead Redemption 2 released on PC, it is very likely that Red Dead Redemption 3 will also be released on PC. Though at this point, naming any platform is impossible, since the game is so far away that the existing gaming systems of choice might not even be relevant by then. Who knows – we might've all moved on to cloud gaming or VR by the time Red Dead Redemption 3 is released.

What Is the Next Rockstar Game?

The next Rockstar releases are the GTA Trilogy remaster, the GTA 5 Expanded & Enhanced edition, as well as GTA 6. The former two already have release dates, while the latter is arguably the most anticipated game of the next 5 years. Since GTA 6 is still so far away, Red Dead fans will have to be patient: There is no way we will even get hard facts on Red Dead Redemption 3, before GTA 6 is released. Still, the next couple of years are lined up with quality Rockstar games, so the wait is definitely bearable.