More and more, it’s looking like Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel. Information is leaking out, and everything we’re seeing is confirming that assumption. The leaks, though, aren’t the usual kind, nor are they coming from the usual places.
Honestly, they’re kind of weird.
Fans have been watching sites like the IMDB, LinkedIn, and even the Facebook and Twitter pages of cast members for the slightest signs of life.
Kotaku laid out what the fans have found so far. One actor updated his resume saying he did motion capture for the character Dutch, the leader of the gang John Marston is trying to take down in the original, for Red Dead Redemption 2. In case you’re not keeping score, Dutch was super dead at the end of the first game.
Another fan noticed that actors from Red Dead Redemption 2 are following each other on Twitter and are friended on Facebook. Some actors currently unaffiliated with the series are connected to multiple members of the original cast at this point. The post specifically called out Rob Wiethoff, Steve J. Palmer, Benjamin Byron Davis, who played John Marston, Bill Williamson, and Dutch van der Linde respectively. And like Dutch, those other characters didn’t make it to the end of the original, either.
This stuff borders on stalking, but it all seems to point to the cast from the original being involved with this new one.
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It’s hardly surprising that gamers are the sort to dig this kind of stuff up. Games have been training us for years to dig through endless documents and watch patterns as we wait for information to drop.
Something similar happened in 2016 with Overwatch‘s Sombra. Blizzard did a lot to court that situation, turning Sombra into her own little Alternate Reality Game with secret websites and endless strings of encrypted codes, blurring the lines between what was and wasn’t part of the puzzle. Rockstar isn’t doing anything like that here – fans are just hungry.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently slated for sometime later this year. While Rockstar doesn’t typically make a big showing at E3, we’re hoping they’ll pop up this year to give us some more hard details.