Avid Rockstar fans are in for some great news as the industrious YouTuber MrBossFTW aka Ross reveals a freshly leaked mystery image of Rockstar's upcoming game.
As Ross explains in his latest gameplay video on YouTube, the same image had earlier made waves on the internet. But, there was very little information about the leak at that time, which forced the YouTuber to hold back the leak until now.
As you can see in the leaked image (below), it appears to be some kind of a cabin structure in a swamp-like game world with some capitalised text reading: "RED DEAD REDEMPTION".
Leaving the text aside, the leaked image depicts some stunning visuals including some trees, mountain ranges and thick forest in the background. You can also see some clear skies with beautiful clouds and some water body surrounded by the vast region of plains.
In the foreground of the image, there is a cabin-like structure with one main room and a covered portico area with some pots as well as pans with some drinking glasses. In addition, you can also notice some character standing right at the cabin's entrance.
A closer look at the character shows that he has a gun strapped to his back and he is wearing some hat. Given the fine details of in-game objects and the detailed terrain in the leaked image, it does not appear to be anywhere close to the console version of Red Dead Redemption (RDR).
If we take a closer look at one of the screenshots from original RDR and compare it with the leaked image, you can surely see the difference as the leaked version appears to be taken from the PC.
According to Reddit user k.matrix, it is ascertained that the leaked image shows off chromatic aberration on the poles and other objects which are pretty similar to the visual effects adopted in modern AAA games like Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5).
Ross reveals another screenshot from the actual footage of GTA 5 wherein you can see the characteristic chromatic aberrations on the cropped portion of a street pole. This chromatic effect is synonymous with the game on all three platforms including the PC, Xbox One and the PS4.
Such an effect could not be replicated with Xbox 360 or PS3 version of Red Dead Redemption. Besides, the concept art rendered by the rage engine from Red Dead Redemption does not support such chromatic aberrations.
Earlier, there was a map leak (not the remastered or the original version) from the RDR franchise. A closer look at this map clearly confirms that the leaked image pertains to a portion of the area seen in Thieves Landing in Red Dead Redemption and the northern portion of the map shows the Great Plains exactly the way it is depicted in the leaked image.
The only viable possibility is that the leaked image could indeed be a remastered copy of the RDR for advanced gaming hardware such as the PC, Xbox One or PS4.
Ross clarifies that a Rockstar developer or an artist has access to such leaked images which could have been revealed through his online portfolio. The source of this leak has been credited to Matt Clyne, a senior artist at Machine Zone Inc., who had earlier worked with Rockstar San Diego.
It is reported that Clyne could have worked with Rockstar at some period during the development phases of the new Red Dead Redemption.
Ross gives us a glimpse of Matt Clyne developer portal with art galleries and some in-game screenshots pertaining to RDR game. The website seems to have been recently closed down for some reason, following the leak.
The YouTuber also gives a cross-comparison of other Rockstar artists who had been through similar circumstances after accidental leaks through their own developer profiles.
Rockstar's developer site had recently gone down for some maintenance while some Reddit user Gaudynights who visited Rockstar's games list page at the time had unearthed some useful information. His findings with the Rockstar website code suggests that the game developer is working on two more RDR games.
The theory of Rockstar's game releases is precisely based on the game IDs created on the developer portal and Ross has shared the complete list of these Ids along with their game titles in his latest gameplay video (below).
When Gaudynights visited Rockstar developer portal, he encountered a couple of missing links to game list pages resulting in error 404 messages. The missing game pages pointed to game ID# 11 and ID#112 which invariably suggest that Rockstar has the code ready for the Red Dead sequels as all RDR games have a pattern associated with the code wherein the first two instalments took the Ids 1 and 111.
Consequently, the gaming community believes that there are two new versions of RDR games secretly in the works while Rockstar prefers to keep its secrecy about its future game releases.
With E3 just around the corner, we could rest assured that Rockstar Games will come up with something big for the announcement at the popular gaming event.