Red Dead Redemption 2 Companion App: Here's What It Does

Because smartphones were standard fare in the Wild West, right?

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here, but that's not the only thing arriving on the magic date of October 26. Rockstar has confirmed the game's official companion app coming at launch. The app is slated to go live on iOS and Android day-and-date with the main game this Friday. In the meantime, you can read our Red Dead 2 review.

Essentially, it appears the app will act as a second screen for you to use while playing the game on your PS4 / Xbox One and TV. That means you can look at the map and add waypoints or mark areas of interest all on your iPad, for example. In addition, the app will display "Arthur Morgan's core info and stats in real-time on your device, allowing you to completely remove the in-game HUD from your television should you choose."

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Finally, the app contains the full digital game manual, provides stat tracking through Rockstar's social club, and offers an optional digital version of the official Red Dead Redemption 2 guide, presumably for an extra cost.

The game's map leaked just recently, and it appears to contain much of the original Red Dead Redemption's playable area. Flat Iron Lake is visible in the leaked image, as are Tall Trees, Armadillo, and more. Mexico doesn't appear to be included, but there are of course a number of new locations we haven't yet explored.

Rockstar recently released RDR2's launch trailer, which you can watch here. The company has also detailed the first Red Dead Redemption 2 DLC, which will have a period of exclusivity on PS4. For more, be sure to check out our latest Red Dead Redemption 2 impressions or our weekly Red Dead show, Quickdraw, which you can watch one episode of above.

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