Why isn’t Red Dead Redemption 2 called Red Dead Revolver 2?

Red Dead Redemption 2 released just a few days ago but many people are wondering why it isn’t called Red Dead Revolver 2.

Red Dead Revolver was, unbeknownst to many, the first game in the series and was originally being made for Capcom. Take-Two, owners of Rockstar Games, later acquired the game’s developer Angel Studios and re-branded them as Rockstar San Diego.

Rockstar Games Creative Director, Dan Houser, himself took interest in a project and led a hand in it being continued to be developed. Capcom cancelled the game but Rockstar acquired the rights to the Red Dead Revolver name and released it in 2004. The game went on to be a decent success for the company however it didn’t hit the highs until Red Dead Redemption was released later in 2010.

Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t called Red Dead Revolver 2 because although set in the same universe, follows the story of completely different characters. Redemption follows the Van Der Linde Gang and its members while Revolver follows a different protagonist. Rockstar probably also wanted to get away from the Revolver name due to them not owning it at first.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on Xbox One and PS4 and for what future holds for Red Dead Revolver 2, only time will tell.

Danial Arshad Khan

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