If you’ve already started playing Red Dead Redemption 2 you might feel like the map, while big, still feels a little confining. What begins with your character fleeing from the Wild West city of Blackwater (where the previous game ends) quickly becomes a journey East. But don’t worry, the game’s map will expand westward again. You just have to earn it.
Forbes reports that while much of the main game takes place in Saint Denis (a stand-in for the city of New Orleans) along with a coal mining Appalachian region further north, you’ll eventually head back to the Wild West setting from Red Dead Redemption.
After completing the main story, you’ll unlock an epilogue set a few years in the future from Red Dead Redemption 2. Your character is now free to return to Blackwater, and it turns out that from there you can continue to travel west for a while:
“I got curious and started riding west. I kept riding, and riding, and riding.”
In total, Forbes estimates that roughly two-thirds of the previous game’s map is accessible in Red Dead Redemption 2, just with updated graphics. You can’t go to Mexico, at least not yet, but it’s possible that could change too with the launch of Red Dead Online in November.
That full end-game map for Red Dead Redemption 2 has already leaked online, but Rockstar Games is doing everything it can to keep that information off the internet. So for now, the only way to truly know out how big this game’s map really is is to find out for yourself. Just finish the main story, saddle up, and ride west into the sunset.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.