Creative director and co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, has opened up to GameSpot about the decision to flood the sober, western world of Red Dead Redemption with “inherently ridiculous” zombies.
Houser explained that while Undead Nightmare will take place within the time span of the “main game,” it won’t be considered as part of the actual RDR narrative.
“You play Undead Nightmare as John, and it is an entirely stand alone game that runs separately from Red Dead Redemption’s main story and not part of any Red Dead Redemption ‘canon’ if such a thing exists,” he said.
The Rockstar co-founder said RDR protagonist John Marston makes a better fit as a zombie-hunter than Grand Theft Auto IV’s Niko Bellic or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’s CJ Johnson, and promised to “mine” existing RDR characters for “satire, social commentary or pathos”.
Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare DLC is set for a October 26 release.