Special edition missions are not part of the main story.
Rockstar has announced details for the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2, and the Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box, while also reassuring fans that the content included in special editions is not part of the main game.
All preorders of Red Dead Redemption 2 will include a War Horse and The Outlaw Survival Kit. The War Horse, previously seen in the first game, is a valiant steed with greater stamina and speed than your average horse. The Outlaw Survival Kit contains a collection of useful supplies including Dead Eye and items to replenish health.
Those who preorder Red Dead Redemption 2 digitally on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store also receive a cash bonus for story mode and an exclusive treasure map. However, to get the treasure map you must preorder by July 31.
In addition, all digital preorders reward GTA Online cash. The Standard Edition rewards $500,000, the Special Edition rewards $1 million, and the Ultimate Edition will reward you a whopping $2 million.
Red Dead Redemption Standard Edition
You can preorder the standard edition in the US from several different retailers.
You can preorder the standard edition in the UK from the following retailers.
You can preorder the standard edition in Australia from the following retailers.
Red Dead Redemption II Special Edition
Those who purchase the Special Edition will receive exclusive content including a bank robbery mission and gang hideout in story mode, a dappled black thoroughbred racehorse, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses, discounts, special story mode items, free access to additional weapons, and the Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit.
In a tweet to a worried fan, Rockstar Games’ official account assured players that the bank robbery and gang hideout content in the special editions are not integral to the Red Dead 2 narrative.
“The Bank Robbery and Gang Hideout included in the RDR2 Special Edition are side activities created specifically for that edition and are not part of the main story,” the account wrote.
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Red Dead Redemption II Ultimate Edition
An Ultimate Edition is also available, which includes all the content from the Special Edition plus additional bonuses for online such as outfits, access to the survivor camp theme, additional weapons, rank bonuses and a black chestnut thoroughbred.
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Red Dead Redemption II Collector’s Box
If you’re a die hard Red Dead fan, a Collector’s Box is also available which includes a metal tithing box with lox and key, collectable challenge coin, double-sided puzzle, six shooter bandana, treasure map, pin set, playing cards, cigarettes cards, and a Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is due for release October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you want more details on what to expect from the highly-anticipated sequel, check out Red Dead Redemption 2: Road to E3.
This story has been updated with the official preorder bonus info following an earlier leak, and to include Rockstar’s comments about the special edition’s missions.
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