Red Dead Redemption 2 map leaked and confirmed, game takes place before RDR

Last month, we reported on a rumor that said Red Dead Redemption 2 was in the works. Some of our readers commented that the rumor appeared to be fake. A new map asset was leaked yesterday on NeoGAF, but was removed shortly after TechRadar got their hands on it. After sharing the map with their own sources, TechRadar can confirm that a Red Dead Redemption 2 is in fact coming and the map you see above is real.

The source acknowledges that the above map is a "very recent" art direction, but it is in fact the real map the RDR 2 team is working with. In confirming the map, TechRadar's source also confirmed that RDR 2 will be set before the events of the original Red Dead Redemption, so we might be seeing someone other than John Marston take the lead role this time. The RDR 2 map is also east of the one featured in the previous title, although the two do share the Blackwater settlement in the Great Plains. Unlike Red Dead Redemption, this map doesn't have any railroad tracks going through the Great Plains, so RDR 2 could wind up being several years before Redemption.

The game itself may have been confirmed through an external source, but we still don't have official confirmation on what platforms the West will be occupying. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are safe bets, but PC and last generation systems are up in the air. If the rest of the rumor proves to be true, we could be looking at Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2017 with a possible announcement at E3 in June.

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