Red Dead Redemption 2 rumors have been floating around for months now. Fraghero itself got an anonymous tip confirming that a sequel was in fact in development for long. With E3 around the corner, the rumors are finally getting converted into more credible evidence.
However, none of these come through an official source, hence it might all fizzle out without any substance. Whatever follows, take it with a grain of salt.
Around 2 months ago, a map of Red Dead Redemption 2 was apparently leaked and now a more substantial piece of evidence seems to have appeared online thanks to the watchful eye of a redditor. We’re talking about a screenshot that looks to be from a new Red Dead game or at the least, a remaster.
However, a new game is much more likely according to the theories floating around. One observer was quick to point out that the screenshot features chromatic aberration on the poles and others objects in the screenshot, the same effect that was used in Grand Theft Auto V. This effect has only become popular in the past few years, especially with modern day triple-A games.
Another thing to note is that the house featured prominently in the screenshot isn’t anywhere to be found in Thieves Landing, the virtual world where Red Dead Redemption was set. This suggests that this is from a brand new game rather than a remaster.
Also, this image wasn’t publicly available and instead was hosted on a private server of an ex-employee of Rockstar. He didn’t set the permissions correctly and therefore it was leaked. The artist in question is Matt Clyne, and the image was privately hosted on his zenfolio page. The redditor bypassed the simple password-protect step and was able to download a high-res version of it.
In case you’re wondering why the title of the game is Red Dead Redemption if this is from a new game, the only logical reason for that would be to put people off in the rare chance anyone stumbled upon the image.
Whatever be the case, we’ll know more details during E3 or sooner. The hunt for a new Red Dead game or at least a remastered version of the original gets larger with every passing day, and it’s only a matter of time before Rockstar themselves make an announcement.