For two years now, some GTA players have been scouring every inch of Los Santos in the hopes of finding a fabled jetpack or an alien mystery. So far, they haven’t found their treasure — but they have found some other poignant things along the way.
It’s located here, in case you’re curious:
After some research, GTA player viendetta found that the bench wasn’t an unexplained clue feeding into a wider GTA-wide mystery. Rather, Chris Edwards was a Rockstar Employee credited on titles such as Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, and L.A. Noire. Thing is, Edwards passed away in 2014 — the placard in GTA V seems to be a memorial for him.
Here’s New World Notes on Edwards:
As it happens, after pioneering in Second Life, Chris went on to create art for Rockstar Games, for Grand Theft Auto V. I know this, because I asked his widow (Alayne Wartell IRL, Fallingwater Cellardoor in SL) and she confirmed to me that he’d become an artist for Rockstar. And I told her about the memorial for her late husband in the game. Rockstar had told her about the tribute, she told me, but because she doesn’t have a Playstation 4, hadn’t seen it for herself. But she told me she was glad someone had finally found it. She was even more pleased that the memorial had led players to go searching for Chris, and wound up seeing the photo of her and husband together, during their happy times.
This is where things get kind of silly. Players found the memorial what was considered a suspicious spot. There’s a telescope near the memorial, and some players couldn’t help but wonder if said telescope was pointing them toward something specific, or toward a clue of some sort.
“The telescope seems to be pointing in the rough area where the rumoured fourth UFO is,” one player wrote. They haven’t actually found anything, though — much to the disappointment of some fans. “I really think we will be able to view something special with this telescope,” another player opined.
Alas, GTA players have not found their El Dorado yet — but the journey sure is taking them to some unexpected cool places.