Red Dead Redemption 2 is still a ways away–but Rockstar seems to be preparing for its release already. In fact, determined fans of Grand Theft Auto V have discovered references to secret missions in the latest update that connect to RDR 2. Some of them will even grant you in-game items to use in Red Dead. [Update: Rockstar has officially announced the crossover mission.]
The Guru Team, famous for solving the UFO mystery through mining game files, discovered mentions of RDR 2 deep in GTA V’s Doomsday Heist update files. Specifically, they found descriptions of a Double-Action Revolver that’ll be unlocked in Red Dead if you complete a corresponding mission in GTA.
After that, they unearthed assets for a chest and a note, as well as references to Boles Overland Stagecoach Co., a company that has also appeared in previous trailers for RDR 2. Finally, they discovered the code for the mission itself–which gives a glimpse of how it’ll likely work.
According to the code (which is subject to change), players will have to complete a scavenger hunt to find the six-shooter, then take photos at various places. It appears that some of those locations have long been intriguing to the GTA community. For instance, it has been speculated that an unmarked grave is an oblique reference to RDR 1–and one of the locations the Guru Team found is that grave.
None of this has been announced by Rockstar yet, and we likely won’t see mention of it until closer to Red Dead’s release. The game is currently scheduled for launch in Q2 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One, and although we don’t know much about it, chances are it’ll have “recurrent consumer spending.”
(News via Kotaku, images via The Guru Team)