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It has been six years since the first installment of Rockstar’s widely popular western themed game. And when a game receives a hugely positive response such as the one Red Dead Redemption got, people expect a sequel soon in the making. However, in this case, it has been quite a long time already for a second part to roll out, and fans are hungry for any news about a second installment.

The anticipation level has increased even more with reports about a leaked map and gameplay. The leak source Fraghero has also reported about receiving an anonymous email saying part 2 of the game has been in the works for four years already and that it will be called “Legends of the West”. This same source also said there will be more than one playable character and a bigger open world, and claimed that the launch date will be some time in the fall of 2017.

However, gamers have been advised to take these reports with a grain of salt as we are nearing the last quarter of 2016 and there has still been no announcement from Rockstar. This most likely means that fans will have to wait a while longer and expect a release date to be more feasible some time in 2018 the soonest.

While that may not be the best news for gaming enthusiasts, they will be happy to know that Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two (Red Dead Redemption’s parent company), considers the game as a permanent franchise, as well as Grand Theft Auto, NBA, and Borderlands.

Some remain more optimistic and hope that since there are still more than three months before this year ends, there is still a big possibility that the game developers will make an announcement before the end of 2016. Other gaming buffs are holding on to the chance that Rockstar is just waiting for the release of Xbox Project Scorpio and PlayStation 4 Pro to also roll out Red Dead Redemption 2 together with the newer gaming consoles. The new installment is rumored to have virtual reality support, making gamers even more excited for it’s release.