GTA

Possible GTA 6 weapons found hidden in RDR2 code

Published: 30/Dec/2020 0:17

by Michael Gwilliam

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Players anxiously awaiting Rockstar to reveal any information about the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6 may have discovered some hints at its development hidden within Red Dead Redemption 2’s back-end files files.

Over on the GTA Forums, a user was digging through code in Red Dead Redemption 2 and made a surprising discovery after viewing a file called propsets.meta.

In this file, the names of several weapons were listed. Interestingly, these weapons aren’t found in Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto V. One references a pistol referred to as Browning and the other a L1A1 rifle. The user who discovered these files, DerekLeet, believes the former is the Browning Hi-Power.

This is important to note because RDR2’s story takes place in 1899 and these guns would be completely out of place historically.

Frankin in GTA V
Rockstar Games
It’s possible some GTA 6 weapon files were found in RDR2

There are also two variants of the Browning pistol with the other likely being a silenced/suppressed version.

Additionally, the AK-47 is also found in the game’s code. While some may think this would have been leftover or extra code from GTA 5, it doesn’t line up with how that game refers to the weapon.

As DerekLeet explained, “These aren’t from GTA V because GTA V’s version of these sections have entirely different weapons, and the AK47 in that game is referred to as ‘W_AR_ASSAULTRIFLE’ rather than ‘W_AR_AK47.’”

Red Dead Redemption 2 files
GTA Forums
The Browning Hi-Power doesn’t exactly work in a western game.

What makes this discovery all the stranger is the fact that these files aren’t new or added in with a patch. According to the original poster, these files have been in the game dating back to Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch on PS4 and Xbox One.

One possibility is that these weapons were actually intended for RDR2 as a cut cheat code or easter egg, as bringing an AK-47 into the old west would be absolutely insane.

That said, it’s also possible that these files are connected to GTA 6. Considering the fact that Red Dead 2 was such a technical wonder there’s a chance that Rockstar was using it to test out some parts of GTA 6.

Headshot in Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games
Rockstar may have been testing GTA 6 weapons in RDR2.

In any case, this marks yet another chapter in the ever-growing hype towards the next GTA title even though Rockstar has yet to formally announce the game.

Hopefully, once GTA V gets rereleased on next-gen consoles, we can hear something about the next installment later on in 2021.

Overwatch

Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”