Red Dead Redemption 2: release date, gameplay, story, PC version, guide, Ultimate Edition, survival and more

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It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but the cowboy hat-wearing silhouette of Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally appeared on the horizon.

As it slowly gallops towards us, we’re going to attempt to make the final hours of that wait a little less painful. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date

The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is October 26, 2018, for PS4 and Xbox One. Originally, the game was due out this Spring, but it was pushed back because Rockstar needed more time to get it up to standard.

Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay

This is the first look at six minutes of pure Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay. In it we see Arthur Marston getting into fistfights, hunting, playing poker minigames and grooming his horse. We also get a good look at the gunplay and firepower at Arthur’s disposal as well as a glimpse of the Dead Eye targeting system which returns for Red Dead 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC

Is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC? We’re not entirely sure, but one of the game’s developers did list a PC version of the open-world game on their LinkedIn profile recently. It was removed once sites reported on it.

Rockstar had previous success by releasing GTA V towards the end of a console generation. Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming out just as rumours on the PS5 and next Xbox are heating up. We won’t be surprised if a PC version comes out a year or so later, alongside a next-gen version of Red Dead Redemption 2, in the hopes that people double dip.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition and Collector’s Box Edition

If you’ve got a spare £179, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box Edition comes with a metal lockbox stuffed with merch, but the game comes separately. It’s only available at GAME, and the UK retailer has an offer on now where you can get the box and the game bundled together. Here’s what you get:

  • Metal tithing box with lock and key
  • Collectable challenge coin
  • Double-sided, 100-piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Six shooter bandana
  • Treasure map for in-game goodies
  • Pin set
  • Playing Cards.
  • Wheeler, Rawson and Co. catalogue
  • 12 cigarette cards

If you buy the Ultimate Edition, you get access to all these in-game goodies:

  • Talisman and medallion gameplay bonuses
  • Gameplay boosts, cash bonuses and discounts
  • The Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger outfit
  • Free access to additional weapons: the Volcanic Pistol, a Pump Action Shotgun and the Lancaster Varmint Rifle.
  • Two bonus outfits for online:
  • Black chestnut thoroughbred horse for online
  • Free access to the Survivor Camp theme for online
  • The same free weapons as in single player
  • Rank bonuses

Red Dead Redemption 2 Bank Robbery and Gang Hideout

Included in the Special Editions of the game, Bank Robbery and Gang Hideouts are exclusive content and will not be available for people who buy Red Dead Redemption 2 vanilla. These story missions were created specifically for people who shell out more cash for the Special Editions of the game, according to Rockstar.

Red Dead Redemption 2 story and setting

Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in America, 1899, at the end of the Wild West – outlaws are hunted across the country as the old makes way to the new. As Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, you must try survive this transitionary period while attempting to make your fortune.

Morgan and the rest of the gang are forced to flee across America following a botched robbery. The group is falling apart, and it’s up to you where your loyalties lie.

It’s a prequel to the first game and will feature familiar faces, including the first game’s protagonist, John Marston, who himself is a member of the Van der Linde gang. Considering Arthur Morgan isn’t mentioned in the first game, we’re not expecting a happy ending to his story.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature some of the locations from the first game, including Blackwater and Armadillo, but the map is much larger and more varied.

Red Dead Redemption 2 survival mechanics

You are escaping from the law. It makes sense, then, that you have to live off the land. Red Dead Redemption 2 features survival elements and you have to keep yourself and your camp fed.

You can do this by hunting and turning the sustenance back in at your camp. Be careful, though – that food won’t last forever. Red Dead Redemption 2 features a degradation system where dead things slowly rot and attract carrion. There weren’t any freezers in the Old West.

Red Dead Redemption 2 battle royale

According to rumours, Rockstar is adding its own take on the battle royale phenomenon to Red Dead Redemption 2’s online portion. The alleged leak places Battle Royale mode next to modes called Revive, Survive, and Money Grab.

It works with the survival mechanics mentioned above. Perhaps a steam train drops everyone off. After all, I don’t think they had parachutes back then either.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Honor System

Rockstar confirmed that the Honor System from the first RDR will return, and will affect how Morgan is treated by the NPCs and merchants in towns and settlements. The scale ranges from honorable to outlaw, and it’ll be interesting to see how this morality manifests itself in the final game. As reformed outlaw John Marston, it made sense that you could either try to maintain your integrity or relapse into lawless rebellion. As Arthur Morgan though, it seems like you’re still waist-deep in the degenerate lifestyle of a renegade. How “good” can a righteous playthrough be if you’re still robbing banks and killing people?

We also know that, based on your reputation from the Honor System, shopkeepers with alter their pricing and people will treat you differently. It’s possible that certain quests will only be available to upstanding members of the community, while others will require a less discerning gentleman, so to speak.

You’ll also be able to approach different situations in different ways, which will contribute to your reputation. The example used in previews has been where Morgan is looting a fishing settlement. When a fisherman appears and asks if Arthur would kindly put back the things he’s knicked, you can either whip out your six-shooter and gun him down, take the shoelace express and hightail it out of there, or menace the man into keeping schtum.

The time of day, location and any partners you choose to bring with you can also affect the outcome of quests.

Red Dead Redemption 2 guide

If you’re afraid of missing anything in Red Dead Redemption 2’s huge world, there’s an official guide available. Acting as a companion on your journey, the guide will talk you through all the quests, sidequests, and collectables.

The Rockstar-endorsed guide comes in two variations; Standard Edition and Collector’s Edition, with the former having nicer paper and an “exclusive character art gallery”. Check out our dedicated post for pre-order details and price.

Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online crossover

GTA Online will feature crossover events with Red Dead Redemption 2, allowing you to unlock weapons for taking part in missions. The most recent allows you to unlock a stone hatchet in Red Dead Redemption 2 for completing certain activities in GTA Online.