On Sunday morning, video game studio Rockstar tweeted out its logo affixed to a background of red blotchiness. To the lay person, that meant nothing — to “Red Dead Revolver” and “Red Dead Redemption” fans, it was everything.
Immediately, gamers doused the Internet with hopes of a “Red Dead 3” (or “Red Dead Redemption 2,” the ‘net seems divided on the likely title), which appeared to be exactly what Rockstar Games was teasing. This morning, the picture got a whole lot clearer, and those fans grew far more giddy.
At 8:59 a.m. ET on Monday, Rockstar tweeted out an illustration of seven men walking over a hill at dawn. Again, the developer posted no words, but the fans replied with plenty. We’ve got all of it below.
Here’s this morning’s Rockstar tweet:
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 17, 2016
And here’s what originally set the Internet ablaze on Sunday:
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 16, 2016
Now, let’s turn this post over to the fans. Here are some of the more, um, enthusiastic tweets in response:
— Austin ⚜ (@Dat_Saintsfan) October 16, 2016
WestWorld…and a new Red Dead?! pic.twitter.com/BTZX8rdCdv
— Chilled Chaos (@ChilledChaos) October 16, 2016
Whether @RockstarGames were teasing a new Red Dead OR a remaster of Redemption, the same amount of excitement jizz came out.
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) October 16, 2016
And then there are those Twitter users who have some suggestions for the third installment’s name:
Red Dead Revolver
Red Dead Redemption
The Red & The Dead: Tokyo Drift
Red & Dead
Red & Dead 6
— spoopy penjamin. (@upsidedowntrash) October 17, 2016
Red Dead Retro.
Red Dead Ridonculous.
Red Dead Ribena.
Red Dead Red Dwarf.
Blue Dead Redemption.
— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) October 17, 2016
Red Dead Denial
Red Dead Anger
Red Dead Bargaining
Red Dead Depression
Red Dead Acceptance
— Jane RIPt ???? (@heymermaid) October 17, 2016
Some Twitter users would be cool with this simply being a remaster or update to “Red Dead Redemption,” while others make it sound like that disappointment would ruin their life. Here’s probably the best 140-characters-or-less summation of the second group:
If Rockstar is teasing a Red Dead Redemption rerelease it will be the biggest troll since MCR made us think they got the band back together
— Melonie Mac (@MelonieMac) October 17, 2016
For the uninitiated, she’s abbreviating other “rock stars” My Chemical Romance.