The pre-order bonuses for Red Dead Redemption 2 have been detailed as well as a good look at the special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2
My condolences to all of your bank accounts out there as we now have the pre-order bonuses and special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 out there now and read for your spending. We knew it was all coming and Rockstar Games has not let us down. In the usual manner, we have the standard edition, a special edition, an ultimate edition, and a full collector's edition for Red Dead Redemption 2. All ranging from the usual $59.99 USD to $99.99 USD price points and for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Also as it has been all the rage as of late, there are a few things to take into consideration before you lay down all of your hard-earned cash for the game and get all of the goodies.
When it comes to the pre-order bonuses for Red Dead Redemption 2, it looks like all of them will be scoring a War Horse and Survival Kit for the Story Mode of the game. If you go down the digital pre-order path you will also add more in-game cash and a treasure map so you know where all of the good loot is hidden in the game. We will mark that down as the first "odd" way to pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 as it certainly seems to give more to the digital-only pre-orders instead of the physical ones. At least in terms of little extras here. They will do what they want to I guess…
As for the specific editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 you can pick up, there looks to be a lot of basic cosmetic and perk additions to the game based on which you go with. The Ultimate Edition houses all of the bonuses of the Special Edition and all will give you a nice little boost in the story as well as the online mode of Red Dead Redemption 2. It does not look like a pay-to-win kind of deal, but it does not sound like there is going to be much more than unlocking things earlier or having access to certain things earlier than others. It also looks like there is only one extra mission added to the mix as well so not too much over the basic version in my eyes.
Then we have the Collector's Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2. This is the one that comes with all kinds of big physical items from a metal lock box and physical version of the treasure map. It also does NOT come with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2. Just all of the physical items one would assume would come with an edition like this but not the game. So you will need to pick it all up separately which pushes the overall price to a max of about $200 USD for the best version of the game and all the physical goods. On the low end, you are looking at $160 USD for the basic game and all the goods here. If you do not care about the game though you can score the Collector's Edition for $99 USD.
- War Horse: This handsome iron-grey-colored Ardennes War Horse can always be relied on in the heat of the battle. With greater courage and stamina than the average steed, this is a horse that knows how to keep its head under fire.
- The Outlaw Survival Kit: The Outlaw Survival Kit contains a collection of key supplies for enduring the rigors of life on the frontier, including items to replenish Health, Dead Eye and more.
- (Digital Pre-Order) Cash Bonus for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode: The Van der Linde gang is always looking for ways to make more money and bring in new supplies. This in-game cash bonus will give Arthur Morgan enough to buy a weapon, some food, a handful of useful items and ammunition.
- (Digital Pre-Order) Treasure Map: Secret buried treasure can be found throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. This exclusive Treasure Map for Story Mode will give Arthur a head start on the hunt for hidden riches. Must pre-order by July 31, 2018.
The Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition delivers exclusive content for Story Mode including:
- Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout in Story Mode: Get exclusive access to a Bank Robbery Mission, in which Arthur and a couple of his fellow gang members come up with a daring plan to break in and rob the bank in the southern town of Rhodes. Elsewhere, the Del Lobos Gang has taken over a hacienda — clear this gang’s hideout and rob their stash for a lucrative take.
- Dappled Black Thoroughbred: This thoroughbred racehorse sporting a beautiful reverse-dappled black coat will keep you at the front of the pack with its exceptional speed and acceleration. You will also get the exclusive Nuevo Paraiso Saddle, handmade in dark chocolate leather with silver medallion detailing. This horse and saddle are available in Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode.
- Talisman and Medallion Gameplay Bonuses: These special Story Mode items will give Arthur a helping hand whenever they are equipped. Attaching the Eagle Talon Talisman to his boot, Arthur’s environmental awareness skill will last longer. By carrying the Iguana Scale in his personal Satchel, Arthur will take less damage while riding on horseback.
- Gameplay Boosts, Cash Bonuses & Discounts: This collection of exclusive Story Mode boosts, bonuses and discounts will help Arthur to survive out in the harsh wilderness and better provide for his gang members and their camp. The Core Stat boost benefits Arthur’s Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores. Earn more cash during robbery missions with the Van der Linde gang, and when hunting and selling animal carcasses. Receive discounts on all upgrades to the Van der Linde gang’s camp.
- The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit: This exclusive Story Mode outfit for Arthur is inspired by the clothing worn by vaqueros and banditos south of the border. The outfit features a wide-brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots.
- Free Access to Additional Weapons: A good range of weapons is essential for survival in the Old West. Get free access to three weapons at the in-game Gunsmiths in Story Mode: the robust Volcanic Pistol, devastating Pump Action Shotgun and versatile Lancaster Varmint Rifle.
The Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition delivers all of the Story Mode content from the Special Edition plus additional bonuses for online including:
- Bonus Outfits: Get two exclusive outfits for your online character. The Blackrose Bounty Hunter Outfit features a long oxblood-colored coat, a vest with gold pocket watch chain, and dark pants tucked into chocolate leather boots. The Copperhead Enforcer Outfit features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat, two-tone gloves, and pinstripe black pants tucked into black leather boots.
- Black Chestnut Thoroughbred: Outrun the competition with this thoroughbred racehorse in a striking black chestnut coat and also receive the exclusive High Plains Cutting Saddle beautifully crafted in jet-black leather with gold metal accents. This horse and saddle are available in online.
- Free Access to the Survivor Camp Theme: Customize your own personal Camp in online with free access to the Survivor theme.
- Free Access to Additional Weapons: Get access to the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun and Lancaster Varmint Rifle, free of charge from Gunsmiths in online.
- Rank Bonuses: As a great start for all Ultimate Edition players, you can rank up faster in online, up to rank 25.
The Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box, available exclusively from select retailers and the Rockstar Warehouse, features a curated assortment of outlaw essentials all packaged in a thick gauged metal tithing box (Red Dead Redemption 2 sold separately).
- Metal Tithing Box with Lock & Key: Inspired by the lockbox used by the Van der Linde gang to stash contributions to the camp’s upkeep, this thick gauged metal box includes a lock & key, and features black metal band detailing and an engraved Cornwall Freight & Commodities plaque.
- Collectable Challenge Coin: Featuring the majestic American Buffalo on one side and a scenic landscape on the other side, this engraved, gold-colored collectable coin comes in a magnetic presentation holder with a black, engraved plaque describing the history of this endangered species.
- Double Sided Puzzle: This double-sided, 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle features an illustrated view of the bustling port of Saint Denis on one side, and a classically inspired Rockstar Games logo on the reverse.
- Six Shooter Bandana: A staple for any frontier outlaw, this bandana features a traditional paisley-inspired pattern with hidden weapon iconography throughout.
- Treasure Map: Printed on durable, unrippable paper, this exclusive treasure map reveals the location of some buried treasure that may start Arthur on a search for more riches hidden throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Pin Set: This set of six individual pins includes representations of key weapons from Red Dead Redemption 2 including a shotgun, revolver and Dead Eye “X” marker. The set comes in a canvas carrying bag.
- Playing Cards: Commemorate the outlaws of the Van der Linde gang with this fully illustrated deck of playing cards featuring key members of the gang including Arthur Morgan, John Marston, Javier Escuella, Bill Williamson and Dutch van der Linde.
- Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue: The one-stop shop for everything from weapons to clothing, the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue is an essential shopping tool for turn of the century life. This complete 150-page book is a replica of the edition found in stores throughout Red Dead Redemption 2.
- 12 Cigarette Cards: These beautifully-illustrated collectable cards can be found throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. This physical collection includes one select card from each set like Famous Gunslingers and Outlaws, Stars of the Stage and Marvels of Travel and Locomotion.
Are you ready for all of these Red Dead Redemption 2 bundles here or will you be holding off for a bit to make sure you get the best deal? Are you curious as to why Rockstar Games did not bundle a game with the Collector's Edition or will this become the standard now in games as they are the latest to do the same thing? Do any or all of these little extras truly sell you on the game or will it take something else to secure your money from them? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to keep coming back to the site here. We will keep all of the information rolling out to you as best we can.