Red Dead Redemption pre-order content coming as DLC next week

Rockstar announced today that new Red Dead Redemption DLC is coming to PSN and XBLA on April 12. The content was originally exclusively distributed with pre-orders, and though Rockstar had always planned to release it as DLC, technical delays set it back. Come next week, the three packs will be available to purchase for 80 MS points or 99 cents apiece.

Here's what you'll find when the DLC is released, as described by Rockstar:

John Marston's Deadly Assassin outfit causes your Dead Eye meter to regenerate at twice the speed. With more Dead Eye, you have more time to place each shot with total accuracy, making you the deadliest gunslinger in any fight.


Available for use in the Red Dead Redemption Single Player story, the player who wields the Golden Guns receives more Fame for each kill. The more Fame you get, the more in-game side missions become available. So there will be more opportunities to duel, more kidnapped townsfolk to rescue and you can bribe lawmen for less.


There are countless horses to be found in the massive world of Red Dead Redemption, but none is stronger, faster or tougher than the War Horse. Whether storming gang hideouts, exploring the wilderness for hidden treasure, or outrunning the law, the War Horse gives gunslingers an advantage in nearly every situation.

Rockstar apologized for the delay, and assured us that L.A. Noire's pre-order bonuses will be made available as DLC much sooner after release. Kind of defeats the purpose of pre-order bonuses, but we have no problem with that.

Apr 8, 2011

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  • Spybreak8 - April 10, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    You know this is actually something I like. I grabbed the game from Amazon so I have the golden guns but I wouldn't mind paying for the others. I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaly wish Bioware would do this with Mass Effect 2, I want that Singularity gun. F Gamestop
  • Triscuitable - April 9, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    I never cared for this kind of stuff. There are still people buying the horse armor for Oblivion, so the chances of people buying this is going to be enourmous. Besides, I still have Sergeant Johnson for Firefight in ODST, and the UA/Multi-Threat chest, UA/Recon helmet, and Flaming accessory for Halo: Reach. I'm set.
  • onewingedantista - April 9, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    And? SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 did this over a year ago. And it was free. We got the F-2000 and the TAR-21 without having to pre-order.
  • Redeater - April 9, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    @cart00n Well said. However my biggest problem with them is that they are taking money away from developers. There is a reason for the sudden influx of included DLC and online passes included with brand new games. It makes me want to cry when I see brand new games like Enslaved for $15 at Best Buy and $40 at Gamestop!
  • cart00n - April 9, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    @Tyler Wilde Personally, I don't see how this defeats the purpose of pre-order bonuses at all. I look at it as one of those 3rd party "exclusives" on whatever platform gets you hot - the fact that it comes out some months later on that OTHER machine doesn't make a lick of difference in the long run, I still got to play it FIRST on my console of choice (or so I assume, I actually own the PS360 combo, so exclusives don't mean much to me in the long run). As long as a few weeks have gone by, who really cares? It's not as if somebody's gonna throw me a party or anything... Personally, I've only cared about "exclusive" content for the past year or so. Previously, a pre-order bonus might consist of swag like a t-shirt or something. That evolved into purely esthetic in-game DLC like special skins on weapons or what-have-you. Whoopti-fucking-doo. It's only recently, in the last couple o' years, that pre-order bonuses have started to make a difference, because NOW they're offering actual game-changing stuff. Which really fucking sucks for the most part. When we pre-ordered a game before, it was fun showing off our deep seeded love for the game with strictly cosmetic skins we could show off online. This makes sense, as players, because we're a loyal breed, and we love showing off our true colors when we can. This is no longer the case, however, because now we're expected to choose our STORE over the product we want to buy. WTF?! Frankly, I'm not a big fan of GameStop, and I flat out LOTHE Wal-Mart, so the fact that each of them are offering their own separate CASES for the upcoming LA Noire pisses me off. This is substantial content that, because of my mores and beliefs, I simply don't get to play. So now I have to ask myself, is it really worth paying $60 for an experience that I KNOW isn't complete? Now that I know this content ISN'T completely exclusive, I may actually buy the game new, from Amazon, so I don't have to leave my house...
  • SlinkyDink - April 9, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    I like pre-order bonuses, gives people incentive to pay the developers instead of Gamestop. I just hate when different stores have different bonuses for the same game. Like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. Makes me almost want to buy it from all the stores, but that would be regoddamndiculous. The new Red Faction is doing that, and all the bonuses look good to me so I don't even know where I would buy it. Anyways, are these outifts gonna be ready to uses right away or do I gotta do a bunch of shit so I can wear them? I hated that about Red Dead.
  • cart00n - April 9, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    @Ewoks... GameStop sucks for a couple of reasons. Please allow me to explain: #1- They offer WAY too little a buy-back price for previously played games, then charge WAY too much for the same games at resell. It's simply INSULTING to be expected to sell off a brand new game for 20 -> 30% of the original price (if that much), only to find that very same copy being resold for 5 -> 10 bucks off the price of new. Of course, the seller gets docked at least $1 for every blemish on the disc, which makes the amount of money he gets that much less - even though GameStop knows perfectly well they can resurface the most scratched-up discs most people have ever seen for less than 90 cents. On a machine that takes up less room than a paper-shredder. In less than 90 seconds. Seriously, the only criteria deemed relevant when accepting a disc? Whether or not the employee can see light through the tracks on the disc. If not, the disc is gold, no matter what it looks like. Hell, they won't even resurface a disc unless it gets returned again! #2- They sell previously-played games as new! Per company policy, store employees are encouraged to play games offered in-store so that they can better represent them to customers. Good call! However, these games are then resealed in plastic and sold AS NEW to unsuspecting customers. I learned this the hard way when I opened a "brand-new" copy of Assassin's Creed a few years ago, only to find a number of finger-prints all around the circumference of my "bran-new" disc. After a couple hours of "Look Mutherfucker!...", they finally explained to me the company policy, and expressed SHOCK that one of these games would find its way on the showroom floor being sold "as new" (nevermind the fact that it also managed to reseal itself in plastic before I came along and paid full price for the thing)... There are losts of other reasons, but these are the ones that chap my hide the most...
  • SirNinja - April 9, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    Even though it's getting less likely each day, I really hope there will be a PC version of RDR someday. Maybe around the time they do a GOTY edition for the console versions.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 8, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Call me retarted, but could someone please explain why Gamestop is so bad? I really don't see why people get so angry at it.
  • Baron164 - April 8, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    I still haven't picked up Red Dead. At this point I'm holding out for a collections pack that will include all the DLC. That's the problem with a lot of games today, I'd rather wait for collection packs that include all this dlc instead of getting the game when it comes out and paying for all the dlc. I feel like people who buy games new are being punished. If I don't get a collections pack eventually I'll just get it really cheap used and then buy all the dlc.
  • Tronto13 - April 8, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    I know its only a small thing but its pretty annoying, i payed extra for the limited edition to get all of the pre-order content and now they are releasing it to everyone. Its a bit annoying and makes you wonder why even have a limited edition when in the long run you get nothing different from people who get the regular edition or dont pre-order...
  • VoodooPanda - April 8, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Such a great game. I bought it at Best Buy just to get the warhorse. Rockstar SD better be working on a new Red Dead or atleast release more dlc like Undead Nightmare.
  • Redeater - April 8, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Also, if you are buying from gamestop you are worse than Hitler as gamestop uses their evil money made from taking advatage of idiots and funnels it to al qaeda. Thus you are not deserving of any bonus content. That said god forbid you cheap bastards support a developer you like by actually giving them your money instead of gamestop who serves as nothing but a middle man.
  • Redeater - April 8, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Christ if you ask me this is what every company should do. I hate the whole preorder bonus thing because it seems you have to buy the game from 3 different stores just to get all the exclusives! This seems like a win win situation. The developer still gets the money in the end and you get the dlc exclusives.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - April 8, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    @FoxdenRacing I was referring to the 'purpose' of the bonuses from the publisher's POV, as an incentive for consumers to purchase the game early. Selling them soon after release removes their exclusivity, thus diminishing pre-order incentive. I am not a fan of pre-orders, with or without giveaways, which is why I say I have no problem with bonuses being sold after the fact.
  • FoxdenRacing - April 8, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Sorry 'bout that. A simple comment on doing bonuses right and making everybody happy turned into a rant about publishers behaving badly. Mea Culpa
  • FoxdenRacing - April 8, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    I disagree that it defeats the purpose of preorder bonuses...preorder parties aren't what they were when we (myself, the editors, and any other 'old-school' gamers here) were young. They're not giving out T-shirts, mousepads, maps, keychains, action figures, and misc. doodads anymore...real, tangible, non-game things that can be displayed with pride. They're giving out glorified, micro-transaction-sold, miniature expansion packs, character skins, and items. It's disingenuous to equate them to the pack-ins of old. (Yeah, yeah, get off my lawn and all that. :-p I might be a crusty old geezer among gamers, but with age comes knowing that the industry has survived harder times with less hair-pulling-inducing stupidity) Rather, this is an example of how to do DLC-based bonuses well. If not for the oversized delay, I'd say it's a perfect example. Give the bonuses for free, give them a couple months 'head start', and then sell them dirt-cheap to anyone that wants them. Everybody wins. The studio gets more pre-orders and some side revenue from the DLC. 'Oooh, swag!' gamers get early access to the DLC. Gamers that were leery/poor/didn't own [console]/whatever at launch don't miss out. This is how to properly address the issue of potential damage from the used market, too. Give rather than take, and you get customers that are much more satisfied, much more loyal, and much more willing to do repeat business. Unfortunately, most of the big-name publishers choose to ignore that simple 'good business' wisdom. They'd rather think of us all as shoplifters. They'd rather assume we're guilty until proven innocent. They're rather equate not being a zealous fanboy with hijacking the trucks and walking off with the shipment directly. They'd rather turn us against each other, so they can exploit us when we're bickering amongst ourselves. They'd rather assume our money is already theirs, rather than having to earn it...and then blame us when their game doesn't sell as well as their 'analysts' say it should. And it's disgusting. We are not thieves, we're customers. We are not meatbags that exist solely to cart money to and from a given store. They exist at our mercy. Without us, they would have no income, and with no income they would not be in business. We hold the power, not them.
  • EDfromRED - April 8, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    Nice! My Amazon pre-order gave me access to the Golden Guns, can't wait to try the other two.
  • Defguru7777 - April 8, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    I'm assuming no Achievements are tied to these. These things are nice, and it's good that it only cost a dollar each, but I don't think I'll pick it up.

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