It appears that the parent company of Red Dead Redemption Developer Rockstar Games registered the domain RedDeadOnline.com earlier this week.
Twitter user Bill Wright first highlighted the registration of the domain name, which redirects to the home page of Rockstar Games, last night, according to IGN. A whois search shows that the domain is registered with Take-Two Interactive Software. The registrar is listed as Enom, not MarkMonitor who was the registrar for the Rockstar website.
Whether or not the domain was taken over by Take-Two, 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 enjoyed tremendous success with GTA Online. The persistent online world linked to Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013 and has received a constant stream of updates since. The success of online gaming has dramatically changed the way Rockstar views gaming and game development, sources for the developer have told me.
Rockstar Games tweeted on Sunday a photo of its logo centered on a field of mottled red, recalling Red Dead Redemption colors. On Monday, the developer did better by posting an image obviously related to Red Dead Redemption showing seven people in western costume walking towards the viewer, silhouetted by an orange sun in a red sky.
The Sunday tease and the Monday image both aired at 9 a.m. ET, leading many to believe the game developer would drop another piece of the puzzle later this morning.
Western open world action game Red Dead Redemption was originally released in May 2010 and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics alike. The game was built on the RAGE engine and ran on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Some reviewers called it the better game for these two systems.
In the title, you play as John Marston, who is forced to work for a gang after his wife and son are taken hostage. The game has you played from a third-person perspective as you stroll through 1911 Mexico and the western United States.
This summer, Red Dead Redemption received backward compatibility support on Xbox One. This medium included the original title as well as the Undead nightmare complement and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition.
We’ve reached out to Rockstar for feedback and will update this story when they respond.