Saturday 24 February 2018

What we learned from the Red Dead Redemption 2 leak

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2

Mark O'Beirne

The map of Red Dead Redemption 2 has apparently been leaked, giving us an idea of what we could expect from the upcoming game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been rumoured for some time, and a leak over the weekend is the clearest indication that it exists, first of all, and that we may hear official news soon. While it was just the title’s map that was posted online, and swiftly removed, it gives us some clues as to what Red Dead 2 will feature.

At the bottom left of the map is a mention of Great Plains. This is home to the Blackwater settlement, which is featured at the top right of the Red Dead Redemption map, so the two titles share some geographical space.

Interestingly, there doesn’t seem to be a railroad in the Great Plains - this was at the heart of the original game – which indicates that Red Dead Redemption 2 will actually be a prequel. However, there is a key in the legend of the map for “railroad,” which may be worth keeping in mind. Perhaps there just isn’t enough detail in this particular map.

Another area of note is New Bordeaux in the bottom right of the map. Mafia 3, which is also being published by Red Dead Redemption publisher Take-Two Interactive, will also be set in New Bordeaux. This is a fictional location based on New Orleans, though it’s unclear how much crossover there will be in the two games considering how far apart they’ll be set. For reference, Mafia 3 will be set in 1968.

While John Marston couldn’t swim, our new protagonist may have to. Or they’ll have to be OK with travelling on boats at the very least. There’s plenty of water and some islands featured on the map, indicating that there could be a more nautical flavour to the upcoming title than its predecessor.

Finally, there are references to Gang hideouts – some of which could or will also be caravan camps – towns, settlements, homesteads, and more. The map covers plenty of land, so it’s unlikely that players will be bored. We’re curious to see what kind of random encounters will be in store for us.

It seems most likely that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be announced at E3. Neither Rockstar nor Take-Two have commented on the leak of the map.

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