Fans will have plenty of different options to choose from when it comes to purchasing Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar Games revealed three new variants of the upcoming open-world western, ranging from a special edition to a collector's box filled with bonuses. They also clarified some of Red Dead Redemption 2's preorder bonuses that had recently leaked.
When the listing for the preorder bonuses went live, it wasn't known what exactly the exclusive content was as there were only names to go off of. Now Rockstar has clarified that the War Horse DLC is in fact a grey-colored Ardennes War Horse that can be used in the story. It features "greater courage and stamina than the average steed." They also revealed that the Outlaw Survival Kit features items to replenish health, the "dead eye" mechanic, and other ailments. Finally, they also clarified that buried treasure will be a part of the game, and that the exclusive treasure map will merely give players "a head start" on the search for riches.
Priced at $79.99, the Special Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 will come with a slew of exclusive story content, a physical world map, and a special slipcover case. The biggest story additions are in the form of two exclusive missions that have the protagonist, Arthur, teaming up with his gang to rob a bank as well as take over a hideout held by the Del Lobos Gang. Other bonuses include a thoroughbred racehorse, special items that will raise Arthur's environmental awareness and lessen damage taken while riding a horse, additional gameplay boosts (such as earning more cash during robberies), early access to weapons, and an exclusive outfit that has Arthur dressing like a bandito.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate Edition will cost $99.99. It includes all of the aforementioned bonuses, plus bonuses that are tailored toward online play. Consumers that fork over the extra money will get two bonus outfits (Blackrose Bounty Hunter and Copperhead Enforcer) for their online character, a black chestnut thoroughbred horse, free access to the "Survivor Camp" theme, additional weapons (Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle), and rank bonuses that will allow players to get to rank 25 faster than normal.
Finally, the Collector's Box (which is similar to what Insomniac is doing for Spider-Man) doesn't include a copy of the game and instead is a $99.99 stash of physical items. The main inclusions are a cool looking, metal tithing box, which is inspired by the in-game lockbox, a collectable coin, a double-sided 100-piece jigsaw puzzle, a six shooter bandana, and a treasure map. Additionally, there's a pin set, playing cards, a 150-page book titled the Wheeler, a Rawson and Co. catalogue, and 12 cigarette cards. Those that want it can preorder from the Rockstar Games website.
It's good to have options, and Rockstar Games is giving gamers plenty of them with Red Dead Redemption 2. Those that aren't interested in physical bonuses don't have to buy them, while diehard fans can get some cool collectable goods if they want to spend some extra money. It's also nice to see that all of the story content is contained within the Special Edition, which means that consumers who don't care too much about the online modes won't have to purchase the Ultimate Edition to get all of the extra content.
Source: Rockstar Games