Rockstar games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to launch next year in fall of 2017 for the Xbox One and PS4. The game will receive its first trailer on October 20th, which was revealed over on the official Rockstar Games website.
While some sites are already putting together lists about what they’d like to see in Red Dead Redemption 2, others are already attacking Rockstar for not showing women on the splash art, which features seven gunmen walking away from a sunset. The Mary Sue tried riling people about representation and diversity, something that ShackNews mirrored in their top list for the sequel. There were also plenty of shots taken at Rockstar by “journalists” on social media.
Oh look. Another Red Dead game. Maybe this time they won’t use the setting as an excuse to be horrifically racist and sexist. https://t.co/jQ83Ad6tCE
— Alex Cranz (@alexhcranz) October 16, 2016
There are absolutely no details about Red Dead Redemption 2 and we won’t be getting any details until October 20th when the full, first trailer releases. Until then we’re just left with a bit of splash art featuring the seven gunmen. And those gunmen instantly led Mary Sue to question why they couldn’t be women?
A couple of things: First, we don’t know if any of the seven are even playable. They could all be bad guys, at which point the people calling for diversity would look awfully foolish for jumping to conclusions.
Second, they could each be bosses that must be taking down throughout the game. For all we know the player could be an evil bounty hunter out to bring in the badges of Sheriffs across the west.
Thirdly, even if there are seven playable guys, why assume there won’t be women?
This kind of prevailing nonsense has drained any ounce of excitement out of me whenever a big game has arrived on the scene. I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to even review games anymore because I don’t even want reviews on this site showing up in the search engines next to braindead, non-gaming, political activists putting out score-less pieces of tripe to push their own sociopolitical ideology in place of informing consumers and providing gamers with useful, intelligent feedback.
Regardless, I don’t care who you play in Red Dead Redemption 2 so long as they fit the role of being a believable gunslinger, they get access to cool weapons, they have great animations and the story is believably entertaining.
We’ll find out exactly who you get to play starting October 20th. If there is a playble female character then people like Jonathan McIntosh and the Mary Sue will look awfully silly for pulling the trigger before seeing the target.
If anyone has any right to be angry about anything, it’s the fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 wasn’t announced for PC. It’s already an instant no-buy from me.