Earlier this week, a wholly unverifiable image surfaced purporting to show the map from a sequel to Rockstar’s open-world Western game Red Dead Redemption. There was enough skepticism behind the image to prevent it from gaining any serious traction, but a new report citing sources close to the project now claims it’s the real deal.
The shot of the map was first posted to NeoGAF by a user who claimed to have received it from a source. Despite questions regarding its legitimacy, TechRadar reported that the image is a “very recent” art design of a so-called Red Dead Redemption 2‘s map according to their own source. The source further confirmed that the events of this new game actually take place right before those of the first.
The maps of the two games share some geographical similarities. This map appears to be located directly northeast of Redemption‘s map—the lower-left corner even feature some of the same areas, including Tall Trees, The Great Plains, and Blackwater—and indicates we may see a change of scenery, with areas that look like they might take inspiration from Louisiana’s swamps.
This is yet another convincing argument for a Red Dead Redemption sequel’s existence following the steady stream of recent leaks and rumors.