'Red Dead Redemption 2' release date, gameplay rumors: 'RDR' now runs on Xbox One; sequel release imminent?

(Xbox)"Red Dead Redemption" is now avaialable to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program.

It's been six years since "Red Dead Redemption" first came out and fans continue to wait for its sequel. There had been much excitement for the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to come since fans initially expected an announcement from Rockstar regarding the sequel. However, there wasn't a hint of a "Red Dead Redemption 2" release at the event.

The franchise is considered a popular title from Rockstar, so one may easily wonder why there hasn't been a sequel developed yet. According to Tech Times, the reason could be that Rockstar never explicitly confirmed that a sequel is already in development. The developer may have hinted that they're focusing on a new project, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it is related to "Red Dead Redemption."

The publication also noted that Rockstar may have avoided any discussion about a possible sequel to "Red Dead" because its other title, "Grand Theft Auto," is currently experiencing success with the multiplayer version, "Grand Theft Auto Online." It is also speculated that Rockstar may have exhausted its manpower on the post-release content development for "GTA Online."

Even without confirmation of a "Red Dead" development, fans are still hanging on to hope that somehow Rockstar may drop a major bomb about the sequel, especially now that "Red Dead Redemption" is currently offered as a Backward Compatibility title for Xbox One.

The Western-themed shooter game can now be played on the current Microsoft console via a disc. There is also an option to download the game at 7.5 GB via the Xbox Store. For those who already own a digital copy of the game for Xbox 360, the game will appear in the Xbox One collection automatically.

Now that the game can be played with smoother performance on Xbox One, although the visuals are similar to that of Xbox 360's, there are speculations that a sequel's release is imminent. Then again, fans should just wait for official updates from Rockstar.

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