Since Grand Theft Auto V took over the video game world over four years ago, fans of Rockstar Games’ flagship franchise have wondered how it ties into Rockstar’s other flagship franchise: Red Dead Redemption. Since GTA V‘s Los Santos is a sprawling land covering much of “California,” it comes with a dense history that’s implied if not outright revealed through its many missions. There’s a lot of interconnecting plotlines, family trees, and businesses in the weird world of Rockstar, but direct ties to RDR have never really been proven.
That is, until a crew of resourceful data miners The Guru Team (the same sleuths that solved the years-old UFO mystery), found a note in the game code leading players on a scavenger hunt across Los Santos to find a revolver from the upcoming Red Dead 2.
After a few days of the cat being out of the bag, Rockstar decided to pull the trigger on the revolver unveiling and made the official announcement:
Rumors of a lost relic from the frontier have begun to surface, and treasure awaits those bold enough to seek it. Keep an eye on your iFruit 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 (50 headshot kills) for a GTA$250,000 reward and unlock it for future gun-slinging exploits in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Here’s the unmarked grave you visit on the hunt for the revolver, proving that fans were at least somewhat correct — this lonely grave is tied to Red Dead Redemption, which means the same grounds that are walked by the very bad people of modern-day Los Santos were once traversed the scum in Dutch’s gang, or at least your gang (to be named later) when you boot up RDR 2‘s multiplayer.
Here’s Team Guru finishing the scavenger hunt and unearthing the revolver.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out in “spring of 2018.”