If Rockstar decides to return to Red Dead Redemption after Grand Theft Auto VI, the studio may be leaving an old tradition behind.
It’s been more than five years since Red Dead Redemption 2, which set the bar pretty high with its story, characters, and level of detail. However, there may still be potential for the IP to become a trilogy. This could end the story of the ever-changing world of the Wild West, but there is one major change that Rockstar cannot miss: they should stop using epilogues to coordinate the narrative!
This is how the franchise connects the stories between games, and in the meantime, after the events of the main story, we have the opportunity to explore the world. Red Dead Redemption 2 offered players a fairly complex epilogue, so they had plenty of time to work through the larger themes of the main story while getting into the skin of John Marston. His only goal at the time was to live a meaningful, legal life and finally start a family. The epilogue, of course, sets the scene for Red Dead Redemption, released in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There, John had to hunt down outlaws from his past in order to protect his family…
Let’s remember what happened in the epilogue of Red Dead Redemption. John and Abigail Marston had died, leaving their son Jack in the midst of grief and hopelessness. Eventually, the abandoned child decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and avenge his parents’ killers. That’s why fans might think that Jack Marston could be the main character in Red Dead Redemption 3. He’s the only character who’s featured prominently in the first two installments, but he has an untold story. This narrative could take the IP away from the Wild West themes, but it could also be done in a way that sees Jack during the events of World War I, or the organized crime era that follows in the 1920s could also be an exciting concept.
It’s all up to Rockstar.