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'swhat you'll find when the DLCis 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

Associate Editor, Digital at PC Gamer