A Red Dead Redemption 2 fan has crafted an exquisite replica of Arthur Morgan’s signature hat, which could easily be a screenshot from the game. It is not the first time Red Dead Redemption 2 has fooled others, with an American broadcast once presenting a screenshot of the title which was submitted to their “out and about” segment and the hosts were none the wiser.
Red Dead Redemption 2 released to universal acclaim in 2018 for the PS4 and Xbox One, breaking multiple records in becoming the “second-biggest launch in the history of entertainment,” and later arriving for Windows and Google Stadia the following November. Despite the split release, sales exceeded the lifetime amount for the original Red Dead Redemption within the first two weeks of launch. Considered exemplary of the artistry of video games, much of this came from the rich, detailed, and intricate open world that Rockstar Games crafted. Strewn throughout the harsh yet beautiful interpretation of the United States’ Wild West era, are a variety of hats that Arthur Morgan can come across and collect, but none are as appreciated as his very own.
In a series of images uploaded by Reddit user sarahdeanmakesthings, the craftsmanship and attention to detail on display is astounding, with a version of Arthur’s hat that seems plucked from the game itself. From the shape, dimensions, and the rope tied around the bottom, to the crumples, scratches and worn-out material, comments agree that it is one of the most faithful and accurate renditions seen to date, and impressively took the artist only two weeks worth of work to complete. Entirely “hand sewn from 100% leather,” it is no doubt that the creation has been a hit with the Red Dead Redemption community.
In related news, with Stadia closing down, so goes the service’s version of Red Dead Redemption 2, which seemed poised to leave one dedicated Red Dead Online player without their 6,000-hour save. The media storm that ensued likely aided the recent news that their save would be preserved, and Rockstar Games is confirmed to be helping them out. Unfortunately, support for the online service has been declining steadily since launch, and as of last month, Red Dead Online seems ostensibly cast aside by its developer.
Rockstar Games, developer of the Red Dead Redemption series, was recently victim to a major large-scale hack, which saw around 90 clips of early Grand Theft Auto 6 footage leaked online, showcasing the currently unfinished state of the game. Although the Red Dead Redemption IP was not effected in any meaningful way by this hack, reports from earlier this year indicated that a remake could have been approved, if the Grand Theft Auto remasters were well-received. They were panned at launch, for a variety of issues and bugs, likely resulting in a potential Red Dead Redemption remake being shelved.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.
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