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"Red Dead Redemption 2" is scheduled for release sometime in the latter part of 2017. Facebook/Red Dead Redemption 2

Almost two months ago, Rockstar Games released the official trailer of “Red Dead Redemption 2,” the sequel to its 2010 hit. Since the official announcement, very few details have been revealed about the upcoming title, but there is one piece of information that may not sit well with fans of the franchise.

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According to Daily Star, a “Grand Theft Auto” insider had an interesting leak for “Red Dead Redemption 2.” They said that just like in the original game, the upcoming title will be a single player story, which will take part in a vast open world. There will be various gang hideouts and a string of exciting events that will push the storyline forward.

But then the insider -- who has correctly leaked the last two updates for “Grand Theft Auto 5” -- discussed who gamers will get to control. “Three playable characters of John’s former gang, and John isn’t one.” If this proves to be true, players will get to control as much as three players in “Red Dead Redemption 2,” but will not get their hands dirty with John Marston, who was the protagonist in “Red Dead Redemption.”

The riskiness of this move is two-fold. As the publication noted, the same strategy has been used for “Grand Theft Auto 5,” and it has not been that well received. While players do get to control more characters this way and theoretically see more of the story, the characters themselves oftentimes feel underdeveloped.

Furthermore, John is arguably a big reason why “Red Dead Redemption” was so successful. GameSpot and IGN even named him that year’s best overall character. He was well received by several more publications, and players generally enjoyed playing the role of a bad boy trying to make things right.

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The only official information that was provided came from Take-Two Interactive executive Strauss Zelnick. In November, he vaguely stated the game would have “great story elements and gameplay elements.” He also said that the story would showcase “incredible emotional depth.” “Red Dead Redemption” is scheduled for release within the latter part of 2017.