Since being announced there has been a lack of any sort of information despite people scouring the web for it. Until now. It appears that the storyline with the main character from the first game, won’t be returning for the sequel. Early rumors, that continue to persist, is that there will not be a single protagonist for the sequel but, instead, will follow at least two, in the same vein Rockstar did with Grand Theft Auto V.
Moreover, a source close to the development of the game sometime after that the Red Dead Redemption 2 was, in fact, going to be set during a timeline previous to its predecessor. So basically, if we are to trust rumours, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a follow-up prequel rather than an actual sequel. The map that was released seems to be further East than the first game and actually includes “New Bordeaux” which is the setting for Mafia III.
The release date has not been set in stone but “Fall 2017” is the date that has been given so far.