We recently reported on the passing rumour that Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally meant to be shown off at the Sony conference at E3 this year. According to the rumour, the conference was scheduled to end with the game’s reveal, but this was cancelled at the last minute because a scene where a character shoots up a saloon would have been inappropriate so soon after the massacre in Orlando. It seems that this rumour might not be true after all.
no, this is not true. The length and content we showed has been locked and unchanged for months.
— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) June 14, 2016
Sony’s Adam Boyes, who serves as the vice president of Third Party Relations & Developer Technology Group made the above tweet, referencing the rumour. According to Boyes, the content of the conference was locked and remained unchanged for several months, meaning that there were no last-minute cancellations. This would mean, of course, that Rockstar Games never intended to show off Red Dead Redemption 2 at the Sony conference, or indeed at E3 2016.
Despite this, many fans believe that a sequel is indeed under development. The strongest evidence we have of this is a leaked map that many believe is an internal development map of the game’s world. If the map is real, the game would be a prequel that would cover a considerably larger area than the original game. It would also feature a 19th century version of the city of New Bordeaux, a fictional town that will also be seen in Mafia III.
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