Now, I’m the kind of person who isn’t afraid to admit that my previous speculation was probably way off the mark and it honestly had a lot less to back it up. This, on the other hand, isn’t based off a release that had no fanfare. Rockstars simple tease yesterday was the gaming equivalent of the “Shot heard around the world.” Everyone knew about it, everyone knew what it meant, and everyone knows where it’s going. Today we got our second tease.

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In the above image, which has Red Dead’s trademark red and the look of a western-themed poster(and the characters are obviously from the Old West/Wild West era.), we see seven, count it, seven characters and the way they’re posed and acting gives the impression that they’re allies. So it isn’t a case of seeing the main character, dead center, and then various allies and enemies off to the side. No, it’s a gang of outlaws or gunmen for hire. If the number were smaller, say 5, I’d be inclined to believe it was Dutch van der Linde’s gang that John Marston was a part of, meaning I’d concede to the rumors and popular fan speculation, but it’s seven people, not five. And that gives me reason to believe that the new Red Dead game is inspired by the popular 1960 western film The Magnificent Seven.

Granted, the story is likely to be different than that of The Magnificent Seven, which itself was a westernized version of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. However, that doesn’t change the fact that in 2013, The Magnificent Seven was deemed culturally significant, and is a very popular film that is the second most aired film on television behind The Wizard of Oz. And this wouldn’t be the first time that a Red Dead game took inspiration from other western material. Red Dead Revolver’s main character, Red Harlow, was inspired by various Clint Eastwood characters, especially his character from the film “Man with No Name.”

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The plot of The Magnificent Seven revolved around seven gunslingers being hired to defend a Mexican village. While I doubt that’s going to be a plot here, it could definitely serve as a basis for getting the seven main characters together. It’s likely we won’t get to play as all of them, just one, but if they play their cards right, it could be a great story with at least seven great characters. Now, if only they’d use Tombstone as inspiration for a Red Dead game...