Yesterday we reported on a screenshot leak of Red Dead Redemption 2's pre-order bonuses, taken on a quickly removed page from the official Microsoft website. Now, Rockstar Games has officially confirmed those pre-order bonuses alongside the reveal of the game's many special editions.
The pre-order bonuses are all identical to what was detailed in the leak, simply with more details.
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Base Pre-Order Bonuses
The War Horse and Outlaw Survival Kit will be awarded (in story mode) to anyone who pre-orders the game in any form through any retailer. The War Horse has greater stamina and is less likely to be frightened than other horses, and the survival kit is a pack of consumables.
Players who pre-order the game digitally get both of those, plus an in-game currency bonus for the single player mode of the game. If you pre-ordered the special or ultimate editions digitally by the 15th of August, you'll also get an exclusive digital in-game treasure map. Like the other treasure maps in the game, this will lead you on a short scavenger hunt with a large reward at the end of it. This treasure map is the Les Tresor Des Morts, and offers a higher reward for less effort than the stock treasure maps. For a full guide on how to complete the map, click here.
Depending on which edition of the game you pre-order, you also get extra funds to spend in GTA Online on the same account.
Pre-ordering the standard edition, which is just the base game, will grant you GTA$ 500,000, the special edition gives you GTA$ 1,000,000 and the ultimate edition gives GTA$ 2,000,000. Note that this only applies to digital pre-orders, which is why the Collector's Box isn't listed here.
In total, Red Dead Redemption 2 has three different special editions alongside the base game. The first, and smallest, special edition is called just that - Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition. The goodies it comes with apply to the single player Story Mode only. These include two missions, a bank robbery in Rhode and a gang hideout mission against the Del Lobos Gang.
Additionally, players will get a special horse (the Dappled Black Thoroughbred racehorse), a pair of talismans giving you environmental awareness and damage reduction buffs when worn, the Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit, and instant access to a selection of in-game weapons. Money bonuses and shop discounts add on top of everything else.
The Ultimate Edition, which as opposed to what its name implies isn't the biggest special edition, includes all of the above as well as bonuses for the game's Online mode.These include a pair of special outfits, the Blackrose Bounty Hunter outfit and the Copperhead Enforcer Outfits, as well as a horse and saddle to match - the Black Chestnut Thoroughbred and the High Plains Cutting Saddle.
You also get free access to the Survivor Camp Theme for you to customize your hideout (thus confirming camp customization) and early access to a number of in-game weapons - the Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun and Lancaster Varmint Rifle. Players also get an RP gain buff, helping you rank up faster until you've reached rank 25, after which it is back to normal rates.
Finally, we have the Collector's Box, a huge metal tithing box filled with Red Dead Redemption 2 goodies. The box itself is a looker on its own, being colored deep red with black bindings.
In it are a physical treasure map, a metal pin set, a deck of playing cards, a collectible challenge coin, 12 cigarette cards, a bandana and a double-sided puzzle set with vintage artwork.
Additionally, there is a 150 catalog for the in-game Wheeler, Rawson and Co. shop. The collector's box is available from select retailers, as well as the Rockstar Warehouse.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 26th of October, 2018.