Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Editions And Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Rockstar have revealed a number of special editions for their forthcoming game Red Dead Redemption II, or possibly Red Dead Redemption 2 they can’t seem to make up their minds which it is. First up is the bog standard Special Edition.


Bank Robbery Mission and 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. You will also 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.

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.

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.

Then we have the Ultimate Edition…

The Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition delivers all of the Story Mode content from the Special Edition plus additional bonuses for online including:

Bonus Outfits: Get two exclusive outfits for your online character. 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. The Copperhead Enforcer Outfit features a fur-lined saddle-brown leather waistcoat, two-tone gloves, and pinstripe black pants tucked into black leather boots.

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.

Free Access to Additional Weapons: Get access to the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun and Lancaster Varmint Rifle, free of charge from Gunsmiths in online.

Rank Bonuses: As a great start for all Ultimate Edition players, you can rank up faster in online, up to rank 25.

And finally, because ultimate isn’t quite good enough, we have the Collectors Box which DOES NOT CONTAIN THE GAME!

The Red Dead Redemption 2: Collector’s Box, available exclusively from select retailers and the Rockstar Warehouse, features a curated assortment of outlaw essentials all packaged in a thick gauged metal tithing box (Red Dead Redemption 2 sold separately).

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.

If you pre-order the game from any retailer then you also get this lot…

War Horse: This handsome iron-grey-colored Ardennes War Horse can always be relied on in the heat of the battle. With greater courage and stamina than the average steed, this is a horse that knows how to keep its head under fire.

The Outlaw Survival Kit: The Outlaw Survival Kit contains a collection of key supplies for enduring the rigors of life on the frontier, including items to replenish Health, Dead Eye and more.

And if you pre-order the game in digital format you also get…

Cash Bonus for Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Mode: The Van der Linde gang is always looking for ways to make more money and bring in new supplies. This in-game cash bonus will give Arthur Morgan enough to buy a weapon, some food, a handful of useful items and ammunition.

Treasure Map: Secret buried treasure can be found throughout the world of Red Dead Redemption 2. This exclusive Treasure Map for Story Mode will give Arthur a head start on the hunt for hidden riches. Must pre-order by July 31, 2018.


No matter which version you choose, all digital pre-orders from the PlayStation Store or Xbox Store will receive an immediate infusion of GTA$ to their Maze Bank accounts in GTA Online:

Red Dead Redemption 2: Standard Edition Digital Pre-Order: Get GTA$500,000
Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition Digital Pre-Order: Get GTA$1,000,000
Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition Digital Pre-Order: Get GTA$2,000,000

Digital pre-orders for Red Dead Redemption 2 made via the PlayStation Store will receive an automatic download for their bonus GTA$. For those pre-ordering digitally through the Microsoft Store on Xbox, this GTA$ bonus can be downloaded by searching for the requisite amount associated with your specific pre-order (“$500,000 for Grand Theft Auto Online” for Standard Edition digital pre-orders, “$1,000,000 for Grand Theft Auto Online” for Special Edition digital pre-orders, and “$2,000,000 for Grand Theft Auto Online” for Ultimate Edition digital pre-orders) on the Microsoft Store.

All we’re missing is the digital deluxe pre-order Kitchen Sink bonus.

Source: Rockstar

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  1. Shame it sounds like actual single player content is locked away and not just cosmetics.

    • Unless I missed something in that ridiculously long list of bonus things for each different version…

      The only real content there is the bank robbery mission and gang hideout. Which is included in the standard special edition. Everything else is just the usual “here’s some extra bonus crap that actually kind of ruins the game a bit”. A head start for people who are too lazy to play the game?

      There’s also the bonus stuff giving people a head start in the online side of the game, which might be a bit unfair. Depends what the online part is like. There wasn’t really an issue in the previous game when you were wandering around on a donkey and others were way ahead of you on proper horses and all the weapons. Especially with the handy “It looks like you keep getting shot in the face. Would you like to respawn somewhere safer?” option.

    • But even the single player additions can ruin the experience if you get over powered weapons or super fast horses.
      They’ll make enough money from the online (look at GTA V) so I don’t get why they ruin the balance of the single player.

      • Yes, all the extra crap could easily spoil the single player experience.

        So the bonus stuff with all the different versions is (a) some stuff that can ruin the single player game, (b) some unfair advantages for MP, and (c) a single mission and gang hideout.

        Which I was assuming was something everyone would get and the “special” edition was the usual day one edition you can pick up for a lot longer than day one, for some reason. But no, it’s £15 extra.

        So, erm, bugger that. Standard edition for me. I’d wait months to buy it, but the price probably won’t drop quickly, it’s a sequel to the best game of the last generation, and it’s released around the time of my birthday, so I’m probably not going to wait.

  2. The Red Dead Redemption 2 Collectors Box states “Red Dead Redemption 2 sold separately”, that’s absolutely ridiculous! I’ve never heard of a special edition of a game that doesn’t include the game.

    • Battlefield 1 did it. I got the CE on a huge discount long after I’d originally bought it digitally.

      It’s actually kind of clever because then they can make a limited amount regardless of adopted system for prospective purchasers.

  3. Basic version for me please!

  4. I want the collectors edition but it’s bull that it doesn’t come with a game >:(

  5. Think it’s disgusting locking content out of the basic game. Loved the original and been looking forward to this but the whole GTA shambles of never coming to the PS4 then abandoning everyone who bought it in PS3 has left a very sour taste. Not to mention the obscene amount of money they make on GTA coins there is no need and is truly disgusting.

  6. Standard: £59.99
    Special: £74.99
    Ultimate: £89.99
    Collectors: £89.99

    I wonder if these Collectors boxes (sans game) are so the people who buy digital can choose to buy the box of tat too …without having to re-purchase a physical copy of the game? They’ll think of anything to maximize profit.

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