Due to the rumors of a possible Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games fans eagerly awaited the game?s reveal at E3 2016. However, the anticipated game was not shown at the E3 conference. It was said that the game?s reveal was canceled at the last minute as respect for the family of the victims of the recent Orlando shooting, as the game?s trailer reportedly features a shooting massacre. However, Sony?s Adam Boyes recently clarified that Sony?s reveal schedule wasn?t changed, debunking the recent rumors that a trailer reveal of Days Gone replaced Rockstar?s game. Will we really not see Red Dead Redemption 2 then at E3?
no, this is not true. The length and content we showed has been locked and unchanged for months.
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) June 14, 2016
According to Boyes, the schedule has been ?locked and unchanged? for months, so it?s clear that Rockstar?s wild west game wasn?t really going to be announced in the show. Fans speculated that the recent Orlando shooting may have forced Sony to pull out the game reveal to avoid complications during the event. Sony even addressed the Orlando shooting before they started the show, which is why fans may have considered such possibility.
Previously, fans discovered two empty pages on the official website of Rockstar Games. The empty pages had similar coding to the Red Dead Redemption pages on the site. Many precited that these two were Red Dead Redemption 2 and a remaster of the original game, but they haven?t had any luck so far. Currently, Rockstar Games hasn?t announced any upcoming new projects and is focused on improving GTA 5?s online multiplayer mode, GTA Online.
Singling out Red Dead Redemption 2 because of the recent tragic event seems to be a farfetched speculation as other violent first-person shooters were also revealed at E3, such as Call of Duty, Battlefield 1, and more. The trailers featured opposing forces being gunned down by the main character. The companies could have delayed the reveal if they believe that games like these would upset the audience due to the recent Orlando tragedy.
Meanwhile, E3 is still ongoing, though it?s approaching its final day. It?s the third day of E3 today and Rockstar?s usual target consoles have concluded their main shows already. Fans may still get lucky and find a reveal or tease about Red Dead Redemption 2 through a potential Rockstar Games interview in the coming days, so stay tuned.