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By Nikita Gambhir

Red Dead Redemption 3 Would Have One Big Benefit If It Went North



For the past 13 years, Red Dead Redemption has been applauded for its open-world, Old West environments. The second game was so detailed that it required a separate disc for download on home consoles. However, the franchise is light on northern settings and the challenges they bring. While the locations are fictional, they seem to be in the American Southwest near the Mexican border. Red Dead Redemption 2 expanded upon the setting with a vast world that included the entire first game’s map. Characters ventured further north, exposing players to colder environments, particularly in the mountains. If Red Dead Redemption 3 were to go even further north, it could provide players with more variety and take advantage of these colder environments.

The Red Dead Redemption games already have diverse environments. The first game had three different areas that John Marston traveled around. The first was a desert region, while the second was a Civil War in Mexico, and the third was The Great Plains. Red Dead Redemption 2 captured the spirit of the Old West and expanded upon the setting by having the characters go into more mountainous regions, where things were significantly colder. They also traveled to a modern city and the swamps of that territory.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a rough opening with its first chapter functioning as a prolonged tutorial. In it, the Van der Linde gang is hiding out in the mountains after a heist goes wrong. The player character must move around this area in the dead of winter, hunting for animals, searching for other survivors, and battling rival gangs. This winter aspect doesn’t last beyond the first chapter and could benefit a hypothetical third game if the story opted to go further north.

The territories of what is considered to be the Old West effectively stretched to virtually all the territory west of the Mississippi and east of California. So it would not at all be unreasonable for a Red Dead Redemption game to take place even further up north. It would help divorce it from previous installments and give a potential third game its own sense of identity. In addition to this, it could put a greater emphasis on survival and provide players with more obstacles to overcome. With a touch more of a survival element, players could need to try to survive in the harsher environments of the north with shelter, clothing, and other needs in consideration. In addition, snow is difficult to get around in any circumstances and could provide more challenges to the player when they’re trying to pull a heist or escape from the law.

Red Dead Redemption 3 is rumored to be in development, but it’s not expected to be released until the 2030s, and there is no telling what direction it may take. Some have suggested making it another prequel or a sequel following Jack Marston. Regardless, the game would certainly have one major benefit if it chose to go north.

Over the past 13 years, the Red Dead Redemption franchise has been praised for its open-world, Old West environments. The details within the second game were so dense, in fact, that on home consoles the game needed an entirely separate disc just to help download it. However, the Red Dead Redemption games, as a whole, tend to be light on northern settings and the challenges they bring.



The actual locations of the games’ settings are a bit on the ambiguous side. The states and territories themselves are entirely fictional, but the idea seems to be that they’re in the American South West near the Mexican border. Red Dead Redemption 2‘s map held the entire first game’s map and expanded upon the setting’s vast world. Characters go further north and expose the players to colder environments, especially while in the mountains. If Red Dead Redemption 3 were to go even further north it could give players more variety as well as take advantage of these colder environments.

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The Red Dead Redemption games already have very diverse environments. The first game specifically had three different areas that John Marston traveled around. The first was a more desert region that is more what many people may picture when they think of the Old West. Later on, John ends up in the middle of a Civil War in Mexico before going to The Great Plains for the final act.

Red Dead Redemption 2 would continue to capture the spirit of the Old West and expand upon the setting further by having the characters go into more mountainous regions where things were significantly colder for everyone involved. They would further find their way into a relatively modern city and would have to spend a good deal of time traveling in the swamps of that territory before moving on.

The Benefits of Taking the Red Dead Redemption Franchise North

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Red Dead Redemption 2 does have something of a rough opening with its first chapter functioning as a prolonged tutorial. In it, the Van der Linde gang is hiding out in the mountains after a heist goes horribly wrong. The player character is forced to move around this area in the dead of winter, hunting for animals, searching for other survivors, and battling rival gangs. This winter aspect doesn’t really last beyond the first chapter and could benefit a hypothetical third game if the story opted to go further north.

What some people may not be aware of is the fact that the territories of what is considered to be the Old West effectively stretched to virtually all the territory west of the Mississippi and east of California. So it would not at all be unreasonable for a Red Dead Redemption game to take place even further up north. It would help divorce it from previous installments and give a potential third game its own sense of identity.

In addition to this, it could put a greater emphasis on the survival aspect and provide players with more obstacles to overcome. With a touch more of a survival element, players could need to try to survive in the harsher environments of the north with shelter, clothing, and other needs in consideration. In addition, snow is difficult to get around in any circumstances and could provide more challenges to the player when they’re trying to pull a heist or escape from the law. Players already had a taste of the snow in Red Dead Redemption 2 and could make for an interesting permanent hazard if the developers opted to take the story further north.

Red Dead Redemption 3 isn’t expected to be released until the 2030s and there is no telling what direction it may take. Some have suggested making it another prequel or a sequel following Jack Marston. Regardless, the game would certainly have one major benefit if it chose to go north.

Red Dead Redemption 3 is rumored to be in development.

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