'Red Dead 2' Map Size Vs. 'GTA 5' Comparison Reveals Sheer Scale of 'Redemption' Western

How Does Rockstar's Latest Stack Up?

Rockstar Games has been a little cagey on the exact size of Red Dead Redemption 2's map, preferring people discover it for themselves, but it's almost certainly the largest they've ever created.

Red Dead Redemption 2 even includes much of the map from the first Red Dead Redemptionessentially everything north of the San Luis Riverwhich allows us to draw some very rough comparisons from one map to another.

Comparing the sizes of in-game worlds can be tricky, because different developers use different scales. But Rockstar Games' Rockstar Advanced Engine (RAGE) has been in use since Grand Theft Auto IV, making it possible to make rough approximations from open-world to open-world, because assumptions about distances and scale stay consistent. For example, all of GTA IV 's boroughs—Broker, Dukes, Bohan and Alqonquin—are a little larger than the Los Santos metropolitan area, indicating how much larger Grand Theft Auto V is than GTA IV.

In this video, Rooster Teeth producer Alanah Pearce takes approximately 14 minutes at a fast gallop to cross the Red Dead Redemption 2 map from corner-to-corner.

Her journey doesn't represent the complete Red Dead Redemption 2 map, since she's not yet able to visit the regions that overlap with the map from the first Red Dead Redemption , including the towns of Armadillo and Blackwater.

Since the first Red Dead Redemption map fits within the middle third of the GTA V map (but, of course, you don't navigate RDR at 126 mph in a Dewbauchee Vagner), we can make some rough extrapolations from there.

For example, in this Legendary Animals Map, the portion from the first Red Dead Redemption is dwarfed by the new regions in Red Dead 2:

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There are multiple ways to consider the map size in "Red Dead Redemption 2," such as this Legendary Animals Map. Rockstar Games

This massive map cobbled together by PowerPyx gives an even better sense of what we're dealing with. The map in Red Dead Redemption 2 looks to be almost four times the size of the map from the original. Other than some jaunts across the border, the first Red Dead was set in New Austin, with a little spillover in West Elizabeth. In Red Dead Redemption 2, New Austin is one of five regions, joined by Ambarino, New Hanover, Lemoyne and the entirety of West Elizabeth. One estimate by redditor ppguy323436 measures the first Red Dead map to be 12 square miles and the Red Dead 2 map at a whopping 29 square miles.

Loose attempts to overlay the Red Dead Redemption 2 map with GTA V have already been made, indicating that RDR2 is almost definitely larger.

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