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One Red Dead Redemption 2 player has been stunned to find out how Horseshoe Overlook got its name, and it looks like a subset of fans are similarly surprised that they... overlooked... the connection. Haha. Funny.
Anyway. Horseshoe Overlook is in the Heartlands and is the location of the camp through the second chapter of Red Dead Redemption 2. The steep relief means that there are good sightlines surrounding the camp and it's a discouragement to those trying to attack from the north, west and south while using the cover of the forest. Gallivanting across New Hanover, you might forgive these players for never noticing why the location has been named Horseshoe Overlook. The clue is in the name.
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It overlooks a horseshoe shaped bend in the river to the west of the camp. You see this detail when you look at the map, too, so it's mystifying that a lot of players never came to that conclusion. Horseshoe Overlook's name serves a narrative purpose in signifying a time where the gang thinks their luck is going to change after the incident at Blackwater.
However, Reddit users reckon that they've worked out what area this location is actually inspired by. The five fictional states of Red Dead Redemption 2 - Ambarino, New Hanover, Lemoyne, West Elizabeth and New Austin - all draw from the geography of the United States as well as works of art from the period that the story is set. Ambarino riffs off of Colorado, New Hanover is a blend of the Great Plains states like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, Lemoyne is Louisiana, West Elizabeth lifts from California, and New Austin is like Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
One player suggests it is the Connecticut River in New England, citing this painting by Thomas Cole that depicts the valley from a high point on a ridge. Another argues it might be the Snake River in Wyoming which shows some very similar forests like that of the game. All I can say for sure is that each of us have learned something new today.
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