So everybody is eating the leaked map up, but I think I found something speaking against it. Bear with me.
We all know that the leaked map features West Elizabeth from RDR in the lower left corner, i.e. the leaked map is a combination of new territory and Tall Trees and Great Plains (and Blackwater) from the RDR map. This would mean we can revisit the RDR map but only that part of it. So assuming that, there would have to be something cutting West Elizabeth off and preventing us from going into the regions around Thieves Landing and on to Hennigans Stead and so on, right? So what would that be? Invisible walls? Not very R* like, they mostly do huge mountain ranges or infinite oceans as a means to close of a game map, from what we have seen.
So if the leaked RDR2 map is indeed real and the connection to the old map is real there would have to exist some sort of invisible walls to cut off West Elizabeth from the rest of the old RDR map. They could do it with water, like in the first two parts in RDR before West Elizabeth is accessible. But here is the thing...this only works if you die from stepping into water. Both the leaked map and the RDR2 teaser suggests a lot of water areas, meaning it is extremely unlikely they kept the die-from-swimming mechanic, at least when it comes to rivers. I don't really think they can make RDR2 without a swimming mechanic. And IIRC the only thing that kept West Elizabeth cut off was a river. No mountain ranges, no other invisible walls.
I just think it would be extremely awkward if we can revisit that part of the RDR map, only to find some sort of invisible walls preventing us to go further southwest into the old RDR territories. This is making me question the whole validity of the leaked map, but then again we have the shot with the man and horse coming from a hunt in the teaser that so clearly looks like West Elizabeth. So I am really torn in what to believe.
What do you think?