Game developer Rockstar Games has not revealed the official release date of "Red Dead Redemption 2." YouTube/Rockstar Games

When game developer Rockstar Games officially announced that “Red Dead Redemption 2” would hit the market, fans of the franchise woke after six years of waiting. There is, however, the fear that the upcoming title will not live up to its predecessor.

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“Red Dead Redemption” is arguably one of Rockstar Games’ most popular and successful titles -- and for good reason. It provided an open Western world filled with adventure, mystery and ambition. And its protagonist, John Marston, was hailed by several gaming publications as the video game character of the year. The game sold upwards of 14 million copies worldwide.

With these things in mind, it is easy to understand why “Red Dead Redemption 2” is one of the most anticipated games for 2017. However, the game developer has yet to actually release a statement regarding plot and gameplay, so there is still room for doubt. But as Michael Goodman -- the director of digital media strategies at Strategy Analytics -- has claimed, the title is part of a unique breed of video games that will do well no matter when it is released.

“Whether or not ‘Red Dead [Redemption] 2’ fits within a certain launch window, this is a must-have title and it doesn’t matter when [Rockstar Games] launches it,” he told We Write Things.

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“Red Dead Redemption 2,” according to Express UK, is going to introduce new features to the franchise. A source of the publication claimed that there will be three different playable characters and that Rockstar Games will include an online mode to the game. If these prove to be true, the “Red Dead” landscape will be altered significantly.

The publication went on to say that this turn is influenced by the success of “Grand Theft Auto,” which has both these features available. already. However, it has been argued that controlling as much as three characters in “Red Dead Redemption 2” will decrease the time for character development, which is one of the things that truly set its franchise apart.