'Red Dead Redemption 2' Rumors, News & Updates: New Great Plains Setting Confirmed For John Marston?

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Oct 17, 2016 11:38 AM EDT

After months and months of wishing and speculation, Rockstar Games has finally started putting out teaser material for "Red Dead Redemption 2," the highly-anticipated sequel to open-world Western "Red Dead Redemption." It seems as though players are getting their wish as they will be continuing the story of original protagonist John Marston, but where will the game be set this time?

According to a leak, the new setting of "Red Dead Redemption 2" will be an area called the Great Plains, east of the location of the first game. TechRadar has confirmed that this particular leak, which was originally posted on NeoGaf before being taken down right away, is the real deal, according to someone who works at Rockstar Games.

How can we place this particular setting with regard to the original "Red Dead Redemption" map? For one thing, the Great Plains, where the Blackwater settlement was found in the first game, is on the lower left-hand side of the new map. It can serve as the connection between the two games' zone.

Players will most likely not be able to visit the first game's map through this area, however. Other notable locations in the game include an early version of New Bordeaux from "Mafia III," and islands that you might have to reach by swimming.

Meanwhile, speculation abounds that "Red Dead Redemption 2" could be a prequel to the first game instead of a sequel. This is because of how less populated the new game seems to be and how the first game was about the last days of the wild west.

Given that, the story might focus on the protagonist John Marston's backstory and origins. There hasn't been any announced release date for "Red Dead Redemption 2," but a possible release would be sometime in the middle of 2017 for PC, Xbox One Scorpio, and PlayStation 4 Neo.

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