One Red Dead Redemption 2 mission changes based on Arthur Morgan’s honor level during its story, and the alteration is so subtle that one player has only just uncovered it after nearly two years of the game being available to consumers. Red Dead Redemption 2 is developer Rockstar’s Western classic and builds on the story laid out by its predecessor while providing a fuller experience thanks to the better technology available to it.
While Red Dead Redemption 2 has garnered considerable – and deserved – praise for its storytelling and gameplay elements, it’s also earned a reputation for being one of the most detailed video games ever created. Despite being enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide, players are still uncovering new details in the game to this day. The amount of work that went into designing the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is staggering, whether its the intricacies of horse behavior programming or the small, subtle bonuses that wow explorers lucky enough to be the first to uncover them. That sense of adventure – and the growing feeling that players may genuinely never unearth every secret the game holds – has made Red Dead Redemption 2 outperform even the loftiest of expectations for its sustained popularity.
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The latest example of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s ridiculous attention to detail comes with the revelation that Arthur Morgan’s honor level does affect how one mission plays out – it’s just in such an incredibly small way that it took players nearly two years to find it. The discovery credit goes to Reddit user /u/soggysausageroll, who posted something they found during their second playthrough of the game – already an impressive feat given the length of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s narrative. In the mission “A Fine Night of Debauchery,” Arthur Morgan must infiltrate a riverboat to win a fixed card tournament. To do so, he cleans up a bit at Josiah Trelawny’s request, donning a suit. However, his choice of color scheme differs based on his current honor level: blue if Morgan has maintained high honor thus far, and red if he has not.
So yes, Red Dead Redemption 2 mission changes based on Arthur Morgan’s honor level are actually possible – they just don’t affect the actual contents of the mission beyond aesthetic, apparently. Still, it’s a pretty striking change when it’s contrasted side-by-side as /u/soggysausageroll did in their post. The secret’s longevity is at least partially thanks to the fact that it takes two playthroughs and a keen eye to notice the difference, and with so many other surprising elements scattered throughout the game world, it’s no surprise this one flew under the radar.
In fact, it’s actually more impressive someone even found this mission change based on Arthur Mogan’s honor at all given how long Red Dead Redemption 2 has been out. It also might spur more players to begin closely documenting the details in their missions based on their honor level to see if there are any other subtle changes to wardrobe or presentation that have yet to be uncovered. With such a passionate community documenting them, there will likely continue to be revelations for months to come – and years, if the success of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox Game Pass spurs Rockstar to port its adventure onto even more platforms as well.
Red Dead Redemption is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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