When it comes to solving mysteries you won’t find anyone better for the job than the sleuths on Reddit, and it looks like they’ve done it again.
One of the most overlooked, and yet most interesting, gaming mysteries of 2018 was regarding Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, and just how its “fictional” map really fit into the real world.
Well, it looks like we’ve now got a pretty solid theory about the game’s map and it’s all thanks to Reddit user allNamesTaken2000.
allNamesTaken200 has put together a series of images and a theory to explain the map’s relation to the US, and it’s seriously impressive.
Posting on the r/reddeadredemption subreddit, allNamesTaken200 writes: “The hardest part is that W.Elizabeth and New Hanover both features areas East and West of the Rockies.
“I could almost have twisted them around like big snakes, but it didn’t quite work. The clincher was that Mexico is across from W. Elizabeth.
“Then I thought creatively, and two big solutions made it all fit so easily, I stopped bothering being weird and twisted.
“Basically, what if the Yucatan dinosaur-killer asteroid never hit, and therefore there would never be a Gulf of Mexico? This led to two major changes to the map of North America:
“No Gulf of Mexico – which would very most likely create a large inland sea as river flows find a bottom in the heart of the continent.
“Rockies shift from a North South to more of an East West axis. Big liberty here, but who knows how plates might have fit together differently if we’re changing so much? Maybe Australia is where Hawai’i is longitudinally and that’s why there was the war.
“With the Rockies shifted – now really a different mountain chain (Grizzlies) – and a large inner sea with big rivers flowing out, everything makes sense.”
The post, which includes a few images to explain the thinking, has gotten a lot of attention from the community, who’ve praised it for its attention to detail.
Check it out in full below.
What do you think about the theory?