It appears that the parent company for Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games registered the domain RedDeadOnline.com earlier this week.
Twitter user Bill Wright first pointed out the registration for the domain name, which redirects to Rockstar Games’ home page, last night, according to IGN. A whois search shows that the domain is registered to Take-Two Interactive Software. The registrar is listed as Enom, not MarkMonitor which was the registrar for Rockstar’s website.
Whether the domain was grabbed by Take-Two or not, it’s very likely that any new Red Dead Redemption game would include a significant online element.
Red Dead Redemption, released in 2010, had an online multiplayer mode. More importantly, Rockstar has seen tremendous success with GTA Online. The persistent online world tied to Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013 and has received a steady stream of updates since. The success of the online game has significantly changed the way Rockstar views games and game development, sources at the developer have told me.
Rockstar Games on Sunday tweeted a picture of its logo centered on a field of splotchy red, reminiscent of Red Dead Redemption’s colors. On Monday, the developer did one better, posting an image obviously tied to Red Dead Redemption showing seven people in western garb striding toward the viewer, silhouetted by an orange sun in a red sky.
Both the Sunday tease and the Monday image hit at 9 a.m. ET, leading many to suspect that the game developer will be dropping another piece of the puzzle later this morning.
Open-world Western action game Red Dead Redemption was initially released in May 2010 to overwhelmingly positive reaction from both fans and critics. The game was built on the RAGE engine and ran on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Some critics have called it the best game to hit those two systems.
In the title, you play as John Marston, who is forced to take on work from a gang after his wife and son are taken hostage. The game has you playing in a third-person perspective as you ramble through 1911’s Mexico and the western United States.
This summer, Red Dead Redemption received backward compatibility support on the Xbox One. That support included the original title as well as the Undead Nightmare add-on and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition.
We’ve reached out to Rockstar for comment and will update this story when they respond.