The bonus story content featured in Red Dead Redemption 2‘s special editions will be exclusive to those editions, according to developer Rockstar Games.
Following the reveal and breakdown of the game’s pre-order bonuses and special editions, some fans were left confused about the accessibility of the Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout activity announced for the two special editions. One fan tweeted at Rockstar, expressing their disappointment that the content was locked behind a preorder, prompting Rockstar to clarify that the content was unique to the game’s special editions and not part of the main story.
The Bank Robbery and Gang Hideout included in the RDR2 Special Edition are side activities created specifically for that edition and are not part of the main story.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) June 4, 2018
This did little to assuage fans, who continued to express their displeasure in the comments below the post. Many of the commenters consider the content restriction to be a greedy and consumer-unfriendly business tactic, and yet, almost no one is saying they’ll be avoiding the game altogether, instead threatening to rent it, pirate it, or buy its cheapest version. Even when Rockstar does something uncool, its experiences apparently can’t be missed.
Preordering any version of the game will unlock the high-stamina War Horse and the Outlaw Survival Kit, among other goodies. Preordering the game digitally will net the additional bonus of GTA$ for Grand Theft Auto Online, with the amount dependent on the version of Red Dead Redemption 2 you preorder.
As for RDR2 single-player content not locked behind preorders and special editions, the future is still uncertain. Fans didn’t see any single-player DLC for Grand Theft Auto V, leaving them less-than-hopeful for RDR2, but publisher Take-Two Interactive recently expressed that such a decision varies game-to-game, meaning there is still a chance for our Western adventure.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to launch October 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7