For the first time since the original reveal, players have something a tad more substantial to chew on regarding the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. Sure, it isn't a press release, but it's more than just a mere baseless rumor floating around. It's also proof that RDR2 fans can be a tad creepy when it comes to snooping around for clues.
It all started when a voice actor credited with Red Dead Redemption 2 on their IMDB page let slip a tidbit that they probably shouldn't have in their online resumé, which has since been corrected. Specifically, one Matt Bradford listed on his resumé that he did motion capture (mo-cap) for Dutch on Red Dead Redemption 2. Now, anyone who played the first game - spoilers ahead - will know that Dutch isn't really alive anymore.
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Naturally the takeaway from this is that, if Dutch is in RDR2, then RDR2 takes place before Red Dead Redemption. Later, another actor, Ethan Korver, had RDR2 added to their IMDB page, but then it was also removed swiftly. In the days following, similar occurrences happened to a whole lot of actors, some of whom were involved with the previous game.
Then, somewhat suddenly, players snooping around happened upon a rather interesting web of connections: a couple of voice actors who worked on 2010's RDR were all cross-following one another on Twitter. And they were friends on Facebook. Then the narrator of the reveal trailer liked an RDR2 speculation video on YouTube. Are the voice actors trying to sneakily subvert their NDA and get info out to hype fans further?
So it seems that the cast from Red Dead Redemption is back for the sequel in full force, and considering the bodycount of that game, it's pretty much a guarantee at this point that we're looking at a prequel. But then, was there really any question? 2010's RDR was set in the final years of the Old West era and the overarching theme was precisely the death of the typical Wild West world.
Considering Red Dead Redemption 2 will take place in a similar, Wild West themed setting (even though we don't know the exact location), the prequel thing was already a good bet. We're hoping that soon Rockstar will release some official information about the game so we'll have more to go on than just vague connections between possible voice actors, but in the meantime, this will have to do.