'Red Dead Redemption 2' release date rumors: Gameplay rumored to feature expansive map

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Fans have to wait a little longer for the open world western shooter “Red Dead Redemption 2” as the touted sequel was a no-show at Sony’s recent PlayStation Meeting in New York.

According to reports, rumors began circulating online that the highly anticipated installment would soon be unveiled when flyers were apparently spotted. The image, featuring a girl protagonist equipped with a gun, bow and arrow, also suggested that the release date was scheduled for Nov. 18 but it turned out that the promotional material was fake and only fan-made.

Take-Two Interactive’s CEO Strauss Zelnick also shared previously that their subsidiary, Rockstar Games, was working on two big projects, which some assumed to be referring to the next iteration of “Red Dead Redemption.” He also previously talked about the franchise stating that it is a long-lasting fixture in the company.

“It seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise… The risk of just [releasing more games] is that you end up just bulking up your release schedule and that isn’t really what consumers want. Consumers want better, not more,” he elaborated. However, he has yet to update fans with official details regarding the next version.

Despite the lack of updates, game enthusiasts shared what they want to see in the gameplay. A map of the alleged playable space has been seen in NeoGAF which showcases an interesting and expansive world. It is rumored to be called “Heartland Oil Fields” which features a modern-day outlaw setting. Those who are longtime players of the game may reportedly still visit the old one.

If the leaked map comes to fruition, some predict that it will be even larger than the one in the previous game which could give players plenty of additional game experiences. The graphics may be improved as well with some expecting that it will run on the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine which powered “Grand Theft Auto V.”

Since there is no official announcement from Rockstar yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.