Pirates are so yesterday. There seems to be some real cowboy synergy happening this year with the release of some highly anticipated television and games based on the storied era of the wild west. If you are a fan of the western genre, then be sure to take note!
Westworld Season 2
No need to caution – we will avoid spoilers! HBO has begun airing the highly anticipated second season to one of the best western/sci-fi shows to ever hit television. The legendary Michael Crichton (whom you may remember wrote the book Jurassic Park was based on) wrote and directed a film in 1973 that the current show is loosely based on.
HBO spared no expense when it came to Westworld season 1, and it looks like season 2 will take it even further. Featuring a stellar cast with beautiful cinematography and a storyline that will keep you guessing, Westworld is an absolute must-watch. Sure, there is a heavy dose of sci-fi mixed in, but we think any fan of the western genre will find something to love here.
Red Dead Redemption II
Rockstar Games is delivering a sequel to one of the best western games ever created later this year. The first Red Dead Redemption followed a character named John Marsten, a former outlaw whose wife and son are taken hostage by the government in exchange for his services as a hired gun. The first Redemption took place in 1911, when the frontier was declining. The new sequel appears to be a prequel, taking place in 1899 and featuring a different protagonist.
Rockstar Games, known best for their Grand Theft Auto games, are masters as creating open-world environments that allow players to pursue different interests and tasks. Red Dead Redemption II will surely feature a great story with top-notch voice talent, but players will also be able to leave the beaten path and just explore the countryside. There’s no better way to feel like a real cowboy from the comfort of your couch.
Wild West Online
Wild West Online is a massively multiplayer game where potentially thousands of players will all simultaneously inhabit the same world. The game is still in development, but early access packages will be available on May 10.
It’s set in a fictional county with a general time period feeling between 1870 and the early 1900s. Players can assume various roles: hunters, farmers, miners, prospectors, bandits and more. Rather than offering a story-driven narrative, the developers aim to create a systems-driven open world environment peppered with small stories. This allows players to create their own stories rather than be railroaded into a certain narrative.