Red Dead Redemption 2 is perhaps the most highly anticipated game that has yet to be announced, aside from Half-Life 3, of course. Publisher Take-Two, however, did make mention two years ago that the original sequel (Red Dead Revolver preceded Redemption) was a part of a “permanent franchise.” Now there’s hints as to how permanent they mean it to become.
Initially posted on NeoGAF, and later taken down, the map is allegedly a “very recent” model of the game-world, according to a Techradar source “close to the development” of the new game. Additionally, the source confirmed the title would be a prequel. No news yet as to whether or not it will be in relation to the last game’s protagonist, John Marston. You can view the map below.
Click here for a higher-res image to zoom. The new map is east of the one featured in Red Dead Redemption; looking to the bottom left, you’ll notice the Great Plains. In RDR, the Blackwater settlement was housed in the Great Plains, you may recall it was the area that looked the most modern. As you can see, the railroad that ran through Blackwater is not visible on the purported RDR2 map, which is further proof this new entry takes place prior to the events of the previous title.
Also of note is the inclusion of an area titled New Bordeaux, in the map’s bottom right corner. This city stands out because it could tie into the city of the same name in another upcoming Take-Two published property, Mafia 3. This fictional take on New Orleans not only suggests a possible crossover between the two games, but also seems to confirm RDR2 having swamp locations. One of the most innovative features of the last game was its vast hunting elements, could this mean boating and alligator hunting are on the horizon?
Rockstar is also allegedly working on Grand Theft Auto 6, jury’s out on which one hits store shelves first.
Top Image: Take-Two