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If you're suddenly hunting for the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 now that we know it'll get you into the Red Dead Online beta sooner, you've come to the right place. Below you'll find all the details on the various editions of the game. For more, read about when Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode launches.

After years of steadily building anticipation, Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally arrived on PS4 and Xbox One. And by most accounts, the finished game actually lives up to the titanic levels of hype that had accumulated in the years since the original. You can read our Red Dead Redemption 2 review to find out the particulars of why this game is all but guaranteed to be one of the biggest titles of the year.

It stars Arthur Morgan, a high-level scoundrel in the Dutch van der Linde gang--whose members include John Marston, the star of RDR--as they make their way across the American West in 1899. The game's accompanying online multiplayer mode, Red Dead Online, will launch in beta at some point in November; an exact date has not yet been confirmed. All owners of the base game will receive free access to it, and it will not be available separately.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available in a number of different editions, but before dropping any cash, you'll want to read carefully about what comes in each one. Here's all the information you need to know before you buy Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Standard Edition

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The standard edition of the comes with the pre-order bonus listed above, plus the core game and--eventually--access to Red Dead Online. Here's where you can pre-order it.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition

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The special edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes with the core game, plus the following items.

  • World map
  • Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout in Story Mode
  • Dappled Black Thoroughbred: A racehorse with exceptional speed and acceleration; it comes with a special saddle.
  • Talisman and Medallion Gameplay Bonuses: These special Story Mode items will give Arthur a helping hand whenever they are equipped.
  • Gameplay Boosts, Cash Bonuses & Discounts
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit: Inspired by the clothing worn by vaqueros and banditos south of the border.
  • Free Access to Three Additional Weapons: Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle.

Here's where you can buy the special edition.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition

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The ultimate edition comes with all the content from the special edition, plus the following.

  • Bonus Outfits: The Blackrose Bounty Hunter Outfit and The Copperhead Enforcer Outfit.
  • Black Chestnut Thoroughbred: A racehorse and special saddle, both available in online.
  • Free Access to the Survivor Camp 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.

Here's where you can pre-order the ultimate edition.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector's Box

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First off, it's important to note that the Collector's Box does not include the game. So if you're going to pre-order it, make sure you also get yourself a separate copy of the game or you'll be very disappointed when you get your hands on it. What the Collector's Box does include is a bunch of physical goodies.

  • Metal Tithing Box with Lock & Key
  • Collectable Challenge Coin
  • Double Sided Puzzle
  • Six Shooter Bandana
  • Treasure Map
  • Pin Set
  • Playing Cards
  • Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue
  • 12 Cigarette Cards

Here's where you can pre-order the collector's box.

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I love how Gamespot keeps rehashing the same article lol. Get a treasure map if you preorder by July 31st. At least strike out what is no longer applicable lazy gits. Collectors box with no game is the biggest take of all time lol. I would love to have seen people preorder that and get home only to discover there is no game lol.

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Should note that you can get the physical copy of the Ultimate Edition from gamestop and get a steelbook case along with other stuff.

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Have they made any statements on what specific enhancements we can look forward to on the Xbox One X version of this game? I just bought a XB1X and was considering purchasing this game for the Xbox but all my close friends only play on PlayStation so I am wondering just how much better this game will look and run on the One X over that of the standard PS4 or if it's not going to be that big of a difference then I can just get it on the PS4 and play with my friends instead. I'm not sure how Rockstar handles these mid-gen refresh systems I mean do they shoot for native 4K in their games or are they more interested in 60FPS? Just a question I had about the game before I pre-order.

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I am very hesitant to even consider buying this game after seeing the direction they took with Grand Theft Auto V. If this is gonna be Red Dead Online with flying horses, laser pistols, and 20 million dollar shack houses that require a month long grindfest to attain unless you buy Platinum Horse Cards for $300 then I will certainly pass.

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@jayskoon93: Why do you even need to play multiplayer? The single player experience itself should be more than rewarding

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What about GTAV's singleplayer a lot of ppl thought that is was great though did you not like it?

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@Marky360: I thought the single player aspect of the game was great! It's the GTA Online thing that I dislike so much. After Rockstar noticed that it was pulling in lots of money, they completely abandoned all of us who play the single player portion of the game. Early on, when a GTA Online update would release, they would also update the single player with the same content. After a few months, they completely stopped updating single player and left all of us with nothing new to look forward to. That's my issue. If Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be an online only thing like GTA V has become, then I am not interested.

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You know what man you are right about that I mean why can't I ger the Deluxo and Vigilante in the single play and the mammoth thruster dude I'd play the whole single player over again if I could use some of the multiplayer vehicles and weapons in the campaign.

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@Marky360: They could even add a lot of the empire type stuff too and the new night club thing coming out. That could totally work in single player. New side missions, objectives, whatever. Then you could actually use those millions and millions and millions of dollars from the stock market in single player to buy into something useful to expand the story!

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Yea you got some good ideas man they should hire you at Rockstar. I feel like the reason they don't do this though us because you don't need Sharkcards for single player.

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lol preorder. last time i pre-ordered was ultima 9 back in 1999. the game was a buggy pile of trash.

Don't pre-order. Actually the looks of the p2w crap i wouldn't even buy this game.

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@Yams1980: I preordered GTA V and got it 3 days early so hell yeah I'm preordering so history can repeat itself.

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Did they even back in 99? Either way if you pre-order and you find out the game a busted mess you can always cancel. And now(at least on Xbox) you can play the game and still get a refund within like 2 hours of starting it up. So pre-ordering really isn't all that big a deal anymore.

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@Marky360: it's the only game i've ever pre-ordered in my entire life, so ya... you can believe me on this and its scared into my memory. I ordered it directly from the EA website. This is before amazon or bestbuy had any kind of significant online existence. I think ebay was just starting out but kinda getting off topic. Actually amazon didn't even sell games to canada for years after it was expanded from just selling books and dvds.

Anyways, yes sir indeed my lad - you could pre-order in 1999. You could even pre-order back in the early 90s from a Vermont catalog called Chips & Bits which used to sell mostly just PC games and some common PC hardware. I bought a Soundblaster AWE32 soundcard in 1995 from them. This is old school at this point, i'm talking about having to phone a customer rep and place an order that way.

Another random thing to put in here... i did have dial up internet in 1995 but there was almost nowhere you could order anything back in those days. Internet was just coming off the more closed networks of compuserve and america online and there were so few online retailers until a few years later.

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Ah the good ol days before all the trolls got on the internet. Thanx for that shot of nostalgia.

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Does anyone know if the Ultimate edition is limited to digital releases or is there a physical release? Main reason I'm asking is because I'm looking to purchase through Best Buy with my GCU (RIP). The picture here makes it seem like there is a physical version but Best Buy only has a digital item listed.

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Pre-order? Why would I want to pre-order? Do you anticipate a plastic shortage?

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@skektek: For the free crap.

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Every game rockstar releases breaks sales records but yet nope the one developer we expect should be able to release a game and not shaft us is doing that with crappy preorders and micrtransactions =/ thank god we still have cdprojektred i guess shame to see rockstar turns into this

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@uchihasilver: they seem desperate, even with GTA V still being a cash cow..

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big scheme are on horizon, different than EA scheme, this time is called preorder and paywall project, RDR2 was announced couple of years ago and nobody sees any gameplay footage only trailers, teasers for trailers, only images from teasers and preorders for nothing, i will not bite.

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The number of different offerings is pure toilet and too complicated. I expect this kind of thing from EA or maybe Ubi. . .but not R*, they're supposed to be the cool publisher that reels in all the madness of the industry and show it how it's done.

Seeing what R* have become over the last four years is like watching my best friend sell out and become a complete asshole.

Knowing that it will be riddled with microtransactions as well just makes these options even more impossible to stomach.

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@ssdd_again: I'm with you, mate. I think with Benzies gone from R* this will be the norm for them now. He was the one man the Housers listened to and when the GTA Online cash cow was in full swing, he undoubtedly would have had issues with it. Hence why T2 wanted him out.

Rockstar will still make great games but the R* of old is ancient history, post GTA V.

A damned shame.

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Will the ultimate edition be available for pre-order on Amazon?

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this is just getting way too complicated...Remember when the only thing needed to sell a game was cool box art?

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@DantheMan9856: This is getting ridiculous. I was reading something about if you wanted to get the entire game (everything there is to offer) then you have to basically buy the game twice. I hope I am wrong on that.

If I am not wrong... Then we will be purchasing it in a year, or so, when they re-release it as a complete edition.

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@Lach0121: That's come to be my standard practice with new games. Wait a year and buy the GOTY that includes everything for $60.

Buuuuut..... I think I'm going to make an exception in this case. RDR was hands down my favorite game of the last gen and the sequel is shaping up to be just as good.

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@Lach0121: Depends on what game we're talking about. You can buy the Legatus Pack in Star Citizen for $27,000 USD and they STILL don't want to fucking give you everything.

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@jinzo9988: They cannot give you EVERYTHING, they've to make it AFFORDABLE. Jeez! 😒

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PC gets shafted again. Bummer. Oh well, Xbox One it is then.

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@RELeon: It will probaby come to PC, just later. I have no problem waiting as my backlog is huge.

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@RELeon: I hope that you meant Xbox One X. Otherwise, you're doing it wrong.

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@asnakeneverdies: I hope you meant PS4 Pro. Otherwise, you're doing it wrong ;p

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@skektek: You're confused, the PS4 Pro will only render an inferior version of the game.

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@RELeon: I too am bummed about this :(

Guess I'll be playing it on my slow and graphically challenged Xbone

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@Narxes: I be playing on the best console the X after Black Friday!

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@xhawk27: Might as well, there's nothing else to play this damn console. SoT and SoD were busts for me, other than GoW4 I barely touch it. It's a great machine, but man I hope they show something cool at e3 other than Crackdown 3.

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@inebriantia: Dont get your hopes up - Crackdown 3 is the only thing left this year that could 'potentially' be good. Nothing else is coming in 2018.

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@skippert: Yeah, I love the X but I play my Pro and PC so much more. Been thinking about selling my X to my buddy and buying a Switch if this e3 doesn't impress me.

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@inebriantia: I actually bought a Switch this week. Started Zelda BotW and its so much fun.

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@skippert: Lol, Crackdown 3 was just delayed to 2019..

Yeah, my friend has it on Wii U, but I'd rather play it on Switch personally.

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@inebriantia: Well that's going to be a disaster holiday period for XB then...

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@skippert: You speak as if all the systems aren't selling and making money, which is so not the case.

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@bosay831: I dont really care how much systems they sell, I just want quality games. And on XB de coming period they are painfully absent. Everyone knows that quality games can potentially also be systemsellers. So yes a excellent release during the holiday period will sell more consoles, its not even debatable. And just to add to this please do some research and you will find that MS will not make a profit purely of selling a console, in fact they sell at a loss. The money making part of the business is in selling games not hardware. You can ask Phil Spencer for proof. Also this thread is very old.

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ok if it's not on PC., that's fine i'll get a PS4