Rockstar Games have appeared to tease the first 'Red Dead Redemption 2' image.

Is this a new Red Dead Redemption 2 image?

Is this a new Red Dead Redemption 2 image?

Fans of the franchise have taken to social media in their droves to speculate that a picture of a group of seven silhouetted men over a red background, could be a tease for a multiplayer mode on the upcoming title, a follow up to 2010's successful 'Red Dead Redemption'.

The tweet didn't have a caption but has been retweeted more than 38,000 times at the time of writing, and liked on more than 53,000 occasions.

It comes a day after Rockstar tweeted a picture of its own R logo over the top of a similar red background to the one on their latest picture.

That image also got gamers talking about it being a possible hint that a 'Red Dead Redemption 2' announcement is on the way and has since been retweeted 110,000 times and liked 180,000 times.

The sequel to the first game, which sold a massive 14 million copies, has been long awaited.

In April, fans began speculating that the sequel will in fact be a prequel after a map was leaked to NeoGaf of the game showing it will be set in the American east compared to the western setting of the original Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title.

The new map also appeared to show there will be caravan camps scattered around suggesting it will be a less occupied West, once again adding fuel to the speculation that the game could be a prequel.

A source close to the development of the new title confirmed to Tech Radar online that the map is indeed the real deal, revealing that this is a "very recent" art direction map for the upcoming title.