Update: Rockstar Games has announced a competition pertaining to the Double-Action Revolver. Below is the announcement in full.
“Starting today, GTA Online players will receive an in-game email revealing the first clue detailing how to unlock the new Double Action Revolver.
Alongside the Revolver, the Headshot Challenge will launch in Freemode, offering players a GTA$250,000 prize for completion and the opportunity to unlock the revolver for use in the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rumors of a lost relic from the frontier have begun to surface, and treasure awaits those bold enough to seek it. Keep your iFruit handy for a special in-game email containing the first clue, then follow the trail to unlock the Double Action Revolver in GTA Online. Once you acquire your gratis Double Action Revolver, complete the Headshot Challenge in Freemode for aGTA$250,000 reward and unlock it for future gun-slinging exploits in Red Dead Redemption 2.”
Original story: The long-awaited follow up to Rockstar’s 2010 western shooter Red Dead Redemption might not be with us until Q2 2018, but that doesn’t appear to have stopped the developer from dropping breadcrumbs regarding the game into the online world of Grand Theft Auto V.
As reported by Kotaku, resourceful fans of Grand Theft Auto V have unearthed references to secret missions in Grand Theft Auto Online‘s latest update – The Doomsday Heist that connect directly to Red Dead Redemption 2, some of which, even reward the player with in-game items to use in Red Dead Redemption.
Famous for solving the great GTA V UFO mystery by combing through the games files, data miners The Guru Team uncovered references to RDR 2 deep within GTA V‘s Doomsday Heist update files including mentions of a Double-Action Revolver that would unlock in Red Dead Redemption if a specific mission was completed first in Grand Theft Auto V.
Moreover, the group uncovered further assets including a hand-written note and chest with the name Boles Overland Stagecoach Co. written on the side (the company has been seen in previous trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2). Further combing of the update’s files unearthed mission coding, which would go some way to putting all the pieces together.
According to that very code, players must embark on a scavenger hunt to locate the six-shooter by taking 20 photos at various locations scattered across GTA Online‘s map with the help of coordinates found amongst the files and user made mapping tool Codewalker. Those locations all seem to have some relevance to RDR 2, one in particular (below), looking like a scene taken straight from the western shooter. Another significant location of their discovery alludes to an unmarked grave discovered some time ago by players that many feel is a direct reference to Red Dead Redemption and its ill-fated protagonist John Marston.
The Guru Team state that the secret mission is controlled by server-side files that can be edited at any point by Rockstar Games, and doesn’t appear to be live just yet. In the past, the developer has encouraged data miners to comb through GTA‘s files to uncover ways to complete secret missions including that of the UFO mystery and many more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to launch during Q2 2018 for Xbox One and PS4.
Image Credit: The Guru Team