The mystery of Red Dead Redemption 2's missing princess of Luxembourg has possibly been solved thanks to the work of some intrepid dataminers.
While Rockstar has had a bit of a rocky launch with Red Dead Redemption 2's PC port, fans are once again getting sucked in by their hyper-realistic cowboy simulator. One of the advantages of RDR2 finally arriving on personal computers is that the game's files are now available to be manipulated by resourceful players, and as a result, we have an idea about how the tale of Princess Isabeau Katharina Zinsmeister was supposed to play out.
There's a good chance that while wandering through the town of Van Horn you may have come across a poster for a missing child who was the daughter of the Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg. Considering that there's a reward for her safe return, you'd naturally think that this was a side mission and finding the princess would net you a cool $100. However, aside from an ornate chest with her initials emblazoned upon it that you can find in Van Horn, there's no sign of Princess Isabeau anywhere in the game, leaving many players confused about where she could be or if she was ever in the game at all.
Well, it turns out that she was in the game all along, but you had to dig through RDR2's files to find her. A post on the Subreddit r/reddeadredemption by user DaniMoz revealed that by using a mod he was not only able to discover the princess' in-game model but even play as Isabeau herself.
This is supposedly the adult model of the missing princess after 15 years of separation from her royal family. Most people on the forum are speculating that she was supposed to be a character in the proper game, but for some reason, she was cut out before release. It is curious that Rockstar would include both the poster and her initialed luggage but take the actual side quest out of the game. Either there was a last-minute decision to remove the mission or this could be future content for DLC, or possibly even Red Dead Online.
Regardless, we at least know what Isabeau looks like and that she was potentially supposed to play some undisclosed role in the game. With that out of the way, hopefully dataminers will now focus on figuring out what the heck happened to Gavin.