While we didn’t see it at E3 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 (or RDR2 if you’re into the whole brevity thing) is on the way. In a matter of months, we’ll all be able to devour another brand new open-world Rockstar Games title but until then, you may just want to get a pre order in on one of the game’s numerous special editions. There’s even a big Collector’s Box with a bunch of physical goodies to be had. We’ve gone ahead and gathered up the best pre order prices from around the web, so let’s look at them now.
Red Dead Redemption 2 release date
First things first – when is Red Dead Redemption 2 out? Rockstar recently announced that, after a couple of delays, Red Dead 2 will be released 26th October 2018. All editions of the game are set to arrive on the same day and will be released on PS4 and Xbox One.
Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer
In May 2018, Rockstar Games released a third story-based Red Dead 2 trailer, which you can watch for yourself below.
In the trailer, we see a lot of beautiful landscapes, western towns, gunslingers and gangs at war. We also appear to catch a glimpse of a young John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption. This makes sense as Red Dead 2 is a prequel to the previous title.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release date
While not officially confirmed by Rockstar (yet, at least), it certainly seems that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC. VG247 reported on this very thing in June 2018, where a LinkedIn profile seems to have given the PC release away. We’ll update with Red Dead 2 PC pre order links when they show up.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Pre-order bonus
Pre orders on all editions of the game are set to come with a couple of extra bonus items as launch day DLC. Details are below.
- The War Horse
- The Outlaw Survival Kit
- Cash Bonus for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode
- Bonus GTA$500,000 to spend immediately in Grand Theft Auto Online. After pre-ordering your copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 through the Microsoft Store on Xbox, this GTA$500,000 bonus can be downloaded by searching for “$500,000 for Grand Theft Auto Online” on the Microsoft Store.
In addition, pre-order by July 31, 2018 to get an exclusive Treasure Map for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode.
Where to pre order Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition
In addition to the previously mentioned pre order bonus, the Red Dead 2 Special Edition is set to come with six pieces of downloadable content as well as a physical map.
- Bank Robbery Mission & 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. Plus 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, and much more.
- 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.
- Plus Get 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.
Where to pre order Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition
In addition to the single-player content found in the Special Edition, the Ultimate Edition also includes bonus online content, as detailed below:
- Bonus Outfits: Get two exclusive outfits for your online character. The Blackrose Bounty Hunter Outfit features a long oxblood-colored coat and a vest with gold pocket watch chain. The Copperhead Enforcer Outfit features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat and two-tone gloves.
- Rank Bonuses: As a great start for all Ultimate Edition players you can rank up faster in online, up to rank 25.
- 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.
- Plus get free access to three weapons at the Gunsmiths in Story Mode and online: the robust Volcanic Pistol, devastating Pump Action Shotgun and versatile Lancaster Varmint Rifle.
Where to pre order Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box
In addition to the various versions of the game itself, you’ll also be able to purchase the Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box. This box of physical trinkets does not actually include a copy of the game, but will probably contain enough stuff to satisfy die-hard fans.
- 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.
We’ll be keeping this page updated with the best prices and offers as and when they arrive, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back as we approach the game’s launch in order to make sure you get the edition you want and don’t miss out.