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Report: Red Dead Redemption sequel's map has leaked, along with other details

Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Red Dead Redemption, arguably the most successful wild west game ever made, has yet to receive a follow-up. Rockstar, purveyors of the mighty Grand Theft Auto series, have been coy about the possibility of a sequel for Red Dead Redemption. However, parent company Take-Two Interactive have practically confirmed the existence of a so-called 'Red Dead Redemption 2,' describing the franchise as a permanent fixture in their line-up.

Owing to this latest leak, the chances that we'll see the next instalment of Red Dead drop at E3 2016 this June seem pretty high right now.

As with all rumors, take this with a pinch of salt, but this latest one is certainly among the more compelling. The map originally appeared on NeoGAF, before being pulled. Of course, by then the image had already been posted onto Twitter, Reddit, and other networks, and TechRadar has since staked a claim on the picture's authenticity.

"A source close to the development of the new Red Dead game has now confirmed to us that the map is indeed the real deal, revealing that this is a "very recent" art direction map for the upcoming title."

TechRadar's source also claimed that the new Red Dead would be a prequel, rather than a sequel and that it will take place in an area that slightly Redemption's fictional wild west. TechRadar pointed out that the leaked map lacks the railroads featured prominently in Red Dead Redemption, indicating that it could take place further back in the wild west's glory days. Interestingly, the leaked map shows an area named "New Bordeaux", which is also the name of the fictional city that Take-Two Interactive's 'Mafia III' will take place in.

It isn't the first time TechRadar has been involved with Rockstar leaks. The outlet recently outed the existence of Grand Theft Auto 6, along with details about locations considered for the franchise.

Red Dead Redemption remains a beloved title. The Xbox 360 version is one of the most requested games for Xbox One backwards compatibility, and it even became briefly available by mistake, as Microsoft put the game through testing.

Hopefully, we'll find out something more official about the next Red Dead sooner rather than later.

Source: TechRadar

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  • Can't wait!
  • Ditto
  • YES YES YES. Red Dead Redemption was my favorite game on the Xbox 360. Hell, I even enjoyed Red Dead Revolver from the PlayStation 2. I can't wait to get another game! :D
  • Maybe, juuust maybe, they will release on PC this time so I can play it as well. One can only hope and dream.
  • Same I played the first on the 360 before I switched to PC. I'd love to see it on my new platform of choice Posted via the Windows Central App for Android only because the screen on my 1520 broke.
  • RDR was such a good game. I can't wait for a prequel.
  • Just publish this game on PC and take some rest R*
  • PC please?
  • First person cam please ☺ Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Also, "the leaked map lacks the railroads". The map included in the post clearly mentions railroad in the legend. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Who downvoted me and why? I don't see any problem doing the same thing here as they did GTA V, which for me made it an entire new game and it's STILL my go-to game after all this time (I first got it on the 360 at launch and has been playing ever since)... Geez.
  • Windows Central har given me many good news items over the years, but this is the best one yet. Now, give us Backwards Compatibility too! :D
  • I hope this plays a little more like an RPG and a little less like a GTA port.
  • Hopefully it will come out for pc this time. Damn console exclusives.
  • So they're gonna bundle this with the original backwards compatible on Xbox one
  • +1 PC
  • Need rdr released. I never finished the game on xb360
  • Oh, a new version of Grand Theft Horse ! Very cool :)
  • Maybe they'll add ostriches so we can ride them.
  • Can't wait!