It appears we’re starting to get some more legitimate leaks in regards to Rockstar Games’ upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. A few days ago, a supposed map for the game was uploaded on NeoGAF, but was quickly taken down leaving many to think it was a hoax. Today, a source close to the development of the upcoming sequel has confirmed the map is real.
The source tells TechRadar the previously revealed map is not only real, but it’s from a “very recent” art direction for the map, as well as the layout of Red Dead Redemption 2. The source also confirms we should expect the new Red Dead Redemption to be a prequel to the events that took place in the previous game, and the leaked map is just East of the location of the original game.
When combining both maps, we can see the Great Plains sits at the top right of the Red Dead Redemption map. The lack of a working railroad in the Great Plains also points to the new game taking place at an earlier timeline. The map for the new game also shows caravan camps will be more scattered than before, even including islands.
The original Red Dead Redemption was originally made available to download on Xbox One through backwards compatibility, although shortly after doing so, Microsoft said its release was made "in error."