Reportedly, this is a leaked in-development map from the RDR sequel.
A source close to the development of the new Red Dead game has now confirmed to us that the map is indeed the real deal, revealing that this is a “very recent” art direction map for the upcoming title.
They also confirmed that the game will be set before the events of Redemption, and that the new map is just east of the one that featured in Red Dead Redemption.
The rumor is that this game will be set before the storyline of RDR, centered on joining and warring against bands of outlaws or posses, and online only. Think GTA Online, but all the time, with cowboys.
Seems more likely the rumor is off a bit and this will be like GTA V with a single player and separate online mode. The single player mode is how they got most of the online crowd to the well, to begin with, and only after they’d completed the single player stuff, is the sense I get.
Don’t care how it’s implemented just so long as it has six-shooters, shotguns, horses, and dust. Though, I would prefer a prequel since the first was set at what I consider to be the end of the Wild West (Hollywood version) era.