What would Grand Theft Auto IV look like if it were set a hundred years ago in the Far West? No need to strain your imagination too much: as Shacknews reports, Rockstar Games has announced an open-world western-genre title based on the same 3D engine as GTA IV.
Red Dead Redemption is a sequel to the 2004 title Read Dead Revolver, both games being products of the folks at Rockstar San Diego—not to be confused with the Rockstar North team that developed the GTA series. The official website describes Red Dead Redemption's storyline like so:
At the turn of the 20th century, when the chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age, a former outlaw, John Marston, is sent across the American frontier to help bring the rule of law.
The game is coming in the fall of 2009. Rockstar hasn't announced platforms yet, but if it's anything like GTA IV, it could come out for both next-gen consoles and the PC. Then again, the original Read Dead Revolver was a console exclusive.