Rockstar is taking us back to the wild west for a second time (well, third technically) this October, to delve into the exploits of the notorious Van der Linde gang, as players step into the shoes of a new protagonist, Arthur Morgan, although the first game’s John Marston will make an appearance. But where do you buy Red Dead Redemption 2 cheap? Various special editions have already been announced and if you’re after some exclusive in-game items, or real-world swag, then it’s worth scoping out the Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses, and the Outlaw Essentials Collection, that includes a brilliant 30 pieces of merch.
In-game items aren’t just linked to pre-orders. Players can unlock the Stone Hatchet in Red Dead Redemption 2 by finding the weapon in GTA Online and we have a handy guide to tell you exactly how it works. A Red Dead Online beta was recently announced, that will launch a few weeks after Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, some time in November. For more Red Dead Redemption 2 news, you can check out our hands-on preview.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Editions, console bundles, and pre-order bonuses
All Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders will unlock two Story Mode enhancements, as Rockstar has dubbed them; the iron-grey-coloured Ardennes War Horse, and the Outlaw Survival Kit.
The War Horse has a higher stamina than the average stallion and mares you'll encounter on your travels, and is less likely to bolt in combat. The Outlaw Survival Kit offers a range of "key supplies," with items that will recover HP and your Dead Eye meter, and other bits and bobs that Rockstar has yet to detail.
Digital pre-orders on the PlayStation and Xbox Stores will get the War Horse, and Outlaw Survival Kit, as well as an in-game cash bonus, and if you ordered by August 15, you'll have bagged yourself the Story Mode treasure map too. You'll be able to buy Arthur a weapon, ammo, "a handful of useful items," and some grub to fill his belly with the cash bonus. You can use the treasure map to get a head start on ferreting out the loot hidden throughout the world, but if you haven't already pre-ordered, you've missed the window for the map.
As well as getting a load of cash in Red Dead Redemption 2, digital pre-orders from the PlayStation and Xbox Store will also get a significant chunk of change in GTA Online. Standard digital pre-orders will net you $500,000, Special Edition digital pre-orders will get you $1 million, and the digital pre-orders of the Ultimate Edition will get you $2 million.
Players on PS4 will get their GTA bucks downloaded automatically, while Xbox One players will have their bonus sent to their Xbox message centre 7-10 days after the pre-order is placed, and can redeem the code on their consoles or Xbox.com.
If you're a PlayStation 4 owner looking to make the jump to 4K gaming, then this Red Dead Redemption 2 1TB PS4 Pro in jet black bundle, with a matching PS4 controller and Standard Edition of the game is just what you need. It's available to pre-order right now in the US. European players will be getting a 1TB and a 500GB bundle, but pre-orders aren't live just yet.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition
The Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition will set you back £74.99/ $79.99 and will bag you exclusive Story Mode content, including a dappled black thoroughbred racehorse, equippable items to give you a buff, a mission and hideout, an Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit, additional in-game boosts, bonuses, and discounts, and three free weapons.
The racehorse has "exceptional speed and acceleration," and is outfitted with a dark chocolate leather Nuevo Paraiso Saddle with silver medallion detailing, and is available to ride in Story Mode.
The Bank Robbery mission will see Arthur and the gang plot to break into the bank in the town of Rhodes, while the hacienda hideout has to liberated - and looted - from the Del Lobos Gang.
You can boost Arthur's environmental awareness skill with the Eagle Talon Talisman affixed to his boot, and carrying the Iguana Scale in his satchel will let him take less damage on horseback.
For a cosmetic-only buff to your appearance, you can slip into the Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit, that features a "wide brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots."
The Boosts, Cash Bonuses, and Discounts will get you a discount on upgrades at the gang's camp, will let you earn more cash during gang robbery missions, and will provide a core stat boost to Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores.
Meanwhile, you can pick up the Volcanic Pistol, the Pump Action Shotgun, and the Lancaster Varmint Rifle free-of-charge at the Gunsmiths.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition
As well as everything listed in the Special Edition, the Ultimate Edition goes one further by giving players content to use in the online mode, so if you plan on running with a posse online, you might want to consider picking up this edition for a fraction more, at £89.99/$99.99.
The online content includes a black chestnut thoroughbred racehorse, two outfits, a Camp theme, free weapons, and Rank Bonuses, all for the online mode.
The racehorse comes equipped with the jet-black leather High Plains Cutting Saddle with gold metal accents, and is will give you an edge when it comes to speed.
You can jazz up your Camp with the Survivor theme, and spruce up your character with the Blackrose Bounty Hunter Outfit, and Copperhead Enforcer Outfit. 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," while the Copperhead Enforcer Outfit "features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat, two-tone gloves, and pinstripe black pants tucked into black leather boots."
The three Story Mode guns of the Special Edition will be accessible in online with Ultimate Edition; the Volcanic Pistol, the Pump Action Shotgun, and the Lancaster Varmint Rifle.
And a welcome bonus for online players are the Rank Bonuses, that will let you rank up faster up to rank 25.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector's Box
The Collector's Box includes a bunch of goodies, but lacks an actual copy of the game, so don't forget to factor that into your budget after you've dropped £89.99/ $99.99. All of your swag will come with a metal tithing box with a lock and key, inspired by the Van der Linde's gang lockbox.
The collectibles include an engraved, gold-coloured Challenge Coin emblazoned with an American Buffalo, that comes in a magnetic holder along with a plaque engraved with details on the species.
You'll also get a double-sided jigsaw puzzle, playing cards, a funky bandana, a set of six pins, a physical treasure map printed on "durable, unrippable paper," 12 Cigarette Cards, and a 150-page replica book of the in-game Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue.
Dynamite USB Charger
Collapsible Shot Glass
Brass Zippo Lighter
Engraved Match Box Slipcase
Barrell Candle by Joya
Dynamite Candle by Joya
Glass Candle by Joya
Vintage Rockstar Glass Decoupage Trays by John Derian Co.
Metal Earth Maxim Gun 3D Puzzle
Metal Earth Sawed-Off Shotgun 3D Puzzle
Metal Earth Train 3D Puzzle
Leather Valet Tray
Leather iPad Case
Leather iPhone Cases
Rockstar Games Logo Keychain
Linocut Rockstar Games Logo Tee - Black on Red
Linocut Rockstar Games Logo Tee - Red on Black
Rockstar Games T-Shirt - White on Red
Vintage Rockstar Logo T-Shirt - Black on Grey
Outlaws For Life T-Shirt - Red on Black
Outlaws For Life T-Shirt - White on Red
Redemption T-Shirt - Red on Black
Redemption T-Shirt - White on Red
Red Dead Redemption 2 Logo T-Shirt - Red on Black
Red Dead Redemption 2 Logo T-Shirt - White on Red
Rockstar Logo Stickers
The Red Dead Redemption 2 Outlaw Essentials Collection is a line of merch that Rockstar is selling in its online storefront, Rockstar Warehouse, but you can also find the products stocked at "other select retailers, including GameStop," although a list of stores and pricing have yet to be confirmed.
You can find Red Dead Redemption 2 branded shot glasses, blankets, zippo lighters, candles and more.
PlayStation 4 exclusive content
Sony has partnered with Rockstar for PS4 exclusive content that includes "first access to earn select online content." With the recent announcement of the Red Dead Online and November's open beta, we expect to hear more on the exact nature of this exclusive content soon.
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