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Looks like Rockstar staff snuck a nod to overtime into Red Dead Redemption 2

"Tireless hours each week and on the weekends for little pay..."

Think about Red Dead and Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar and two things spring to mind: the attention to detail it puts into its games, and also the amount of work it takes to put that detail in there.

Today's new find in Red Dead Redemption 2 touches on both of these things - a veiled reference to the developer's culture of overtime, hidden away in the detail of a catalogue of guns.

Inspect the Cattleman Revolver - available from the start of the game - in the gunsmith catalogue and you'll see the following description:

"It is made by skilled labourers who work tireless hours each week and on the weekends for little pay in order to bring you the finest revolver in the field today."

The weapon is made "in a factory we own and control in Worcester, Mass.", the blurb continues.

You may not have heard of Worcester, Massachusetts, but it's a city which exists in real-life, just outside Boston. Having spent the last few weeks investigating working practices at Rockstar studios around the world, it didn't take long to realise Worcester is just down the road from Andover, Massachusetts - where Rockstar's big New England studio is located, and where hundreds of staff have been working hard on Red Dead Redemption 2.

Coincidence? Perhaps. But in light of last week's reports of Rockstar crunch culture and overtime here on Eurogamer and elsewhere, it feels more like a Rockstar employee sneaking reference in to their own plight. It'll be interesting to see if the description is changed.

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