Red Dead Redemption 2's release is still about a year away, however, the game is already available for pre-order via the Rockstar Warehouse and certain other retailers. The standard edition of the game, that is. However, nowadays it is standard procedure for all major releases, be they sequels or the first games in a new IP, to have some special editions which give eager fans the opportunity to buy a larger package with more goodies.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is pretty much guaranteed to have multiple editions upon launch, with a Collector's Edition backing up the base game at the very least. Sure, certain games have 3-4 different editions, but honestly, that's taking things too far. The practice of slicing up a game and making bits of DLC exclusive to given retailers prevents most players from even getting the whole experience. As a rule, we prefer special editions on only come with goodies outside of the game, no DLC.
So, with that in mind, what should Rockstar add to the special edition of RDR2? Let's take a look.
Statue of the Protagonist
Tossing a statue or posable figure of the player character is pretty much the go-to special edition goodie these days. As the most common bonus, it isn't particularly imaginative, however, a nicely crafted and detailed figurine does make for a great display piece if you want to show off your fandom. Granted, we don't yet know who the player character will be in Red Dead Redemption 2, or even if there will be just one.
Cloth Map of the Game World
Real fabric maps are just woefully overlooked these days. Sure, in some cases they don't fit the overall feel of the game, but damn, having an actual cloth map to reference while exploring a new and exciting world would definitely add to the experience. Maps are much better display pieces than posters, and if they're not made from simple paper, they're even more impressive. Remember back in the days of the large boxes when standard editions of games like Ultima had gratis cloth maps? Yeah, those were the times.
Actual Metal Horseshoe
Now this would be a unique take on the collector's edition goodie. With horses being so prominent in Red Dead, it would be a neat idea from Rockstar to have actual iron horseshoes - naturally with the RDR2 logo stamped into them - added to the special editions, along with display stands or cases. It would do much to break up the monotony of statues.
Replica Revolver/BB Gun
Now, a simple non-functioning replica revolver would be easier to pull off than one which shoots small plastic or even foam projectiles, and chances are this would get the special edition severely limited in terms of stock and availability.but damn would it be sweet.
I mean, this is pretty self-explanatory. Toss in an actual, wearable cowboy hat and watch as launch-day social media engagement goes through the roof with Red Dead Redemption 2 cowboy hat selfies dominating the web. We all know this would happen.
All this said, we think one particular Reddit user, Joaoarthur, has already figured out the best collector's edition bonus:
An actual horse.
What do you hope to see in the collector's edition of Red Dead Redemption?