Last week, Rockstar Games rolled out The Doomsday Heist update to Grand Theft Auto Online. The heist tasks players with saving the world from total destruction and promises intense, over the top action and some serious entertainment for players.
But the heist isn't the only thing introduced by the update, as fans have uncovered files that hint at a Red Dead Redemption 2-themed quest. The uncovered files seem to suggest that Grand Theft Auto Online will be getting a Red Dead Redemption 2 related treasure hunt that will offer a chance to get a special weapon.
The files include textures for a "dead hick" as well as a treasure chest that bears the marking of the "Boles Overland Stagecoach Co.," which is a company referenced in Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots. This chest will include a golden, double-action revolver and an additional challenge called the "Double Action Revolver Head Shot Challenge." If players successfully complete this challenge they will "unlock GTA$ and an exclusive variation of the weapon in Red Dead Redemption 2," according to the description.
On the one hand, Grand Theft Auto Online players are excited by the discovery of fancy, new loot. Rockstar has suggested that GTA Online updates may slow down following Red Dead Redemption 2's release. It seems unlikely that Rockstar will be able to keep introducing activities such as the Doomsday Heist as the company's resources will just be stretched too thin. Though loot like this, that adds challenges that impact both games, could increase the longevity of GTA Online even without major content drops.
But on the other hand, this discovery only exacerbates pre-existing fan fears. Some Red Dead Redemption 2 fans have been concerned that the game's multiplayer will be like GTA Online.
Red Dead Redemption 2 does include microtransactions but fans are worried that they will as heavy-handed as those in GTA Online. Whatever the wild west version of Shark cards is, fans hope that it will be reasonable.
If the two games are connected with challenges and loot, then there's a greater chance that the multiplayer modes and their business models will also be alike. But with that said, are still several months to go until Red Dead Redemption 2 is released. This means that Rockstar can still address concerns about microtransactions and, despite what these uncovered files may be hinting at, fans may still be satisfied by the cowboy game's multiplayer.
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches in 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One.