I’ve put a good amount of time into Red Dead Redemption 2 at this point, and I’m honestly surprised by the lack of GTA V references so far.
You’d think Rockstar would hide some kind of tribute to their biggest ever game in their second biggest game. I mean, I’m still expecting to run into some crazy outlaw descendant of Steven Ogg’s Trevor, if I’m being honest.
As it turns out, there is at least one very subtle reference to GTA V tucked away in Red Dead Redemption 2 – one dedicated to loveable criminal and unwitting FBI stooge Michael De Santa.
Eagle-eyed fans were first put on the path towards this very easy to miss Easter egg when they spotted Ned Luke’s name during the end credits of Red Dead Redemption 2. Ned Luke is, of course, the actor behind Michael.
Luke responded on Twitter by confirming that he is indeed hiding somewhere in the game, but that Rockstar took out the voice work that he’d done, leaving only his “character work”. He himself has speculated this is because Rockstar didn’t want people recognising him, as it might take away from the game’s impeccable sense of immersion.
Still, he issued gamers with a challenge to find him in-game.
Spotted in credits…now can you find me in the game? Hint: They took away my voice work…gonna be hard to recognize, but the character work is still in there. #ItsAMystery #RDR2 #RedNedRedemption https://t.co/3YjwjG0dxB
— Ned Luke (@ned_luke) November 3, 2018
Obviously it didn’t take very long for the internet to respond to this challenge, and a bunch of people think they’ve discovered Michael hiding away – as a member of the no-good O’Driscoll gang, no less.
While the resemblance between this particular O’Driscoll and Michael De Santa is certainly striking, Luke shot down that particular theory himself on Twitter.
Nope…but that guy looks a lot like my grandfather…a lot
— Ned Luke (@ned_luke) November 4, 2018
Some fans have speculated that Luke could be playing the mysterious and elusive Gavin, while others believe he’s just in the game somewhere as a random generic NPC. For now, it looks like his location and identity will remain a mystery.
Wherever Michael/Ned Luke might be hiding in Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to tweet him if you think you’ve spotted him. Odds are he’ll let you know if you’ve gotten it right or wrong.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.