- Red Dead Redemption 3 has the potential to redeem the franchise by offering story expansions, unlike its predecessor, RDR 2, which disappointed fans in this regard.
- Rockstar’s trend of not providing post-launch story DLC, as seen in GTA 5 and RDR 2, is worrying for fans who crave additional content and immersion in the game world.
- Red Dead Redemption 3 should prioritize story expansions over multiplayer mode, allowing for a more robust narrative experience and avoiding the mistakes of RDR 2.
While it seems like a faraway prospect, a lot of eyes are already being placed on a potential Red Dead Redemption 3. Since the franchise has extensively explored the end of the Old West, a lot of question marks have cropped up over when a sequel might take place and what characters it may feature.
Aside from this, Red Dead Redemption 3 would have to match and exceed the success of its 2018 predecessor, but there are some key pitfalls of RDR 2 that a sequel could earn a lot of good faith by avoiding. One of the largest disappointments concerning RDR 2 is the lack of major story DLC that it has released since launch, and Red Dead Redemption 3 could finally put the franchise back on the right track in this way.
It is expected that the franchise will eventually get another entry, but Red Dead Redemption 3 has not been officially confirmed by Rockstar as things stand.
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Red Dead Redemption 3 Needs its Own Story Expansions
2010’s Red Dead Redemption has a timeless narrative and base experience, but it also produced one of the most iconic video game expansions in Undead Nightmare. Taking place towards the end of RDR‘s story, Undead Nightmare leaned into the “Weird West” elements of the franchise by plunging New Austin into a zombie outbreak.
Filled with dark humor and possessing a genuinely unsettling feel throughout, Undead Nightmare is seen as a near-perfect extension of the Red Dead universe that many fans hoped would be repeated with Red Dead Redemption 2. These expectations were only furthered by the small doses of against-the-grain experiences that RDR2‘s base story features, with UFOs, time travel, and vampires being just a few examples.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has still not released any form of story DLC, and there are no reports or rumors of any such project in the future. This was made all the more disappointing by the lack of attention that Red Dead Online received from Rockstar, with major support for RDR 2‘s multiplayer ending in July 2022.
Story DLC For Red Dead Redemption 3 Would Break a Sad Rockstar Trend
The lack of story DLC for RDR 2 echoed what Grand Theft Auto 5 went through following its 2013 release. It also didn’t receive any story expansions despite its intense popularity. While Rockstar releases are some of the most anticipated in the gaming industry, the trend of no post-launch story offerings is increasingly worrying from the perspective of many fans.
A leading theory around Red Dead Redemption 3 is that it will follow the story of Jack Marston following RDR, although that might disappoint fans who prefer the more traditional Old West elements of the IP. With this in mind, post-launch story expansions could tell shorter stories from the start of the Van Der Linde gang, providing something for fans of all kinds. Red Dead Redemption 3 will presumably also release after GTA 6, which is likely to include its own ambitious online mode, meaning that RDR 3 might not have to worry as much about bolstering its own multiplayer mode. The resources that this would make available for Red Dead Redemption 3 should instead be placed on story expansions, avoiding arguably the largest mistake that RDR 2 made.
Red Dead Redemption 2
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- October 26, 2018
- Online Multiplayer
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- How Long To Beat
- 50 Hours