Gamers will be getting their first taste of Red Dead Redemption 2 as you read this, but don't expect another chapter from Rockstar's biggest franchise any time soon.
If you think about it too much, it can actually be quite upsetting to think that one of the most popular gaming series of all time is Grand Theft Auto. A video game that requires you to commit heinous crimes and horrible tasks if you wish to progress. On the other hand, if you don't give it too much thought and just play the games, they're a lot of fun.
They also seem to get more and more popular with each passing release. Despite GTA V being released five years ago, it is still extremely popular today. But at this point, it looks as if we won't be getting a new installment in the GTA series until the next generation of consoles. One of Rockstar's, the company behind GTA, co-founders has all but confirmed that.
Dan Houser recently sat down with GQ to talk all things Red Dead Redemption 2. By the time you're reading this, the second chapter of Rockstar's other very popular franchise will be available. Houser explained that he is very happy to have been working on and releasing a new Red Dead Redemption title right now as opposed to figuring out what to include in GTA VI.
When asked about the future of Rockstar and the GTA franchise, Houser said: "[it's] really unclear what we would even do with it, let alone how upset people would get with whatever we did." He also added that "it would be out of date within two minutes, everything is changing so fast." Most of the issues would revolve around the current political climate in the US. A lot of what Rockstar does with GTA is poke fun and make light of serious issues, but as Houser says, now doesn't feel like the right time for that.
So it's bad news for GTA fans. On the bright side, if you play GTA V online, (and if you don't you should really give it a try) it is updated on a regular basis. That will have to do for now, we're afraid. You can also satisfy your Rockstar fix via Red Dead Redemption 2. Since that game is set more than 100 years in the past, there is much less chance of having to tackle any present-day touchy subjects.