The first evidence has emerged that Rockstar’s next game will be another open world western, and one set further in the past.
For months, if not years, it’s been rumoured that Rockstar is working on a sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, with the always-secretive developer even offering a few vague hints to that effect. And yet there’s never been any real evidence.
The closest was a leaked map purporting to show the part of the Old West being used, but it never had any provenance and just looked like any other easy-to-fake fan creation.
But now a new, clearer version of the same map has emerged at TechRadar, from a source they vouch for, and that may mean it’s the real thing.
It’s certainly a convincing fake, if nothing else, with a setting that’s further east than before but still incorporates the town of Blackwater from the first game.
The more easterly setting ties in with the suggestion that the game is a prequel. The first Red Dead Redemption was set right at the end of the Old West era, and didn’t leave much leeway for continuing the story in a similar setting.
As with Grand Theft Auto the world of Red Dead is set in a fictionalised version of the real America, and it’s interesting that New Orleans stand-in New Bordeaux is featured – a city that also appears in the 2K-published Mafia III.
If this is real then it makes hopes of an announcement at E3 in June all the more likely, but as with anything Rockstar-related it’s best not to assume anything until they officially announce it.
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