It takes a long time for the Rockstars Red Dead Redemption series releases to occur. Since there are only two games in the series so far, not counting Red Dead Revolver, there is technically no set pattern, but Red Dead Redemption 2 took eight years to debut after the release of the first Red Dead Redemption, and starting in October. 26, it's been three years since Red Dead Redemption 2's release, and there's no sign of a follow-up title in sight.
While Red Dead Redemption players will likely have to get used to these long waits between installments in the series, they will be happy to know that such installments are at least in the works. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Rockstars parent company, confirmed this during the recent Jefferies Virtual Global Interactive Entertainment Conference, where he spoke extensively about Take-Two's thought process for launching new games. During the conference, Zelnick answered whether Take-Twos' core games (franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption) have lifespan or live forever through broader industrial change and technological advancements. In answering these questions, Zelnick confirmed that Take-Two plans to release future Red Dead Redemption titles. However, the release of these titles is likely to be rare.
Zelnick likens the staying power of franchises to that of James Bond, which has been around since the 1950s. He believes that the movie franchise works because it spans installment releases, turning them into something like special events. He wants to do the same with GTA and RDR; He even reveals that Take-Two will sometimes avoid releasing titles to generate excitement from fans, a decision that Take-Two apparently makes as a company, not just top management. In general, "Red Dead Redemption 3" is coming up, or whatever the next title is called; Take-Two has plans on him, but it will be some time before he arrives, maybe even three more years.
Zelnick stated that more than half of Take-Two's current release schedule revolves around new IPs, as while he believes games like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption have staying power, they are not permanent. With that in mind, RDR3 is likely not among the new releases, but at least fans have Red Dead Online to keep them going until the next title in the series arrives.