Arthur Morgan actor breaks hearts with Red Dead Redemption 3 update

Arthur Morgan actor breaks hearts with Red Dead Redemption 3 update
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Tom Chapman


7th Dec 2023 10:53

While everyone seems to be talking about a not-so-little game called Grand Theft Auto 6 right now, let's not forget that Rockstar Games isn't just known for running down prostitutes in SUVs. The acclaimed developer is also remembered for the likes of Manhunt, Bully, and Red Dead Redemption, with the latter being a jewel in the crown.

Following the success of 2010's Red Dead Redemption was never going to be easy, but that didn't stop 2018's Red Dead Redemption from going bigger and better with this tear-jerking sequel. With RDR2 being held as one of the best video games of all time, talk has obviously turned to the idea of a sequel.

Roger Clark has bad news for Red Dead Redemption 3

GTA 6 isn't coming until 2025, so even if Red Dead Redemption 3 is on the way, it's likely a long way off. Still, that hasn't stopped us from getting excited. We aren't alone in this, as Arthur Morgan actor Roger Clark has also tipped his stetson to the notion of Red Dead Redemption 3.

Discussing all things Red Dead with fans on Twitter, Clark said he's certain the story will become a trilogy, although he doesn't know when.  While he clearly still has an affinity for playing Arthur, he sadly concluded, "Don’t count on Arthur's involvement either. His story has been told, I feel."

For better or for worse, Red Dead has a pretty tragic history with its protagonists. John Marston is gunned down by federal agents at the end of Red Dead, while Arthur either succumbs to tuberculosis or is executed by Micah in RDR2. Assuming RDR3 is set after the events of the first game, it would be hard for either to return.

We've got to agree with Clark. As much as it would be great to find a way for Arthur to return - possibly as some sort of ghostly guide - it would rob us of one of the best video game endings of all time. Few swansongs hit home quite as hard as Arthur's, and it would be a shame to bring him back just for some cheap nostalgia. 

Red Dead Redemption 3 isn't a sealed deal...yet

Jack Marston Red Dead Redemption
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We know Rockstar likes to plan ahead, but ultimately, there's no concrete news on Red Dead Redemption 3. The infamous MyTimeToShineHello recently claimed the threequel was in active development, but it's little more than a "trust me bro." 

Similar to Clark, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said he thinks the series will keep on going. Still, this is far from getting a surprise teaser at The Game Awards. As Rockstar continues to make bank on GTA, and with that franchise breaking records before GTA 6 is even out, it makes sense its current focus is here.

Much like whispers of Naughty Dog working on The Last of Us Part 3, the jury is out on whether Red Dead Redemption 3 is secretly in the works somewhere. We had to wait a decade for Rockstar to reveal GTA 6,so let's pencil in 2028 for a RDR3 reveal...and that's being hopeful. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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