Rockstar Games has announced three “special editions” for its upcoming Western video game, Red Dead Redemption II (2018). The highly-anticipated game is a prequel, in terms of story-line, to the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption (2010) and is the third installment in the Red Dead series.

In the new third-person open-world game, players act as outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Dutch Van der Linde gang in the year 1899. The group now faces increasing law enforcement and encroaching civilization, particularly after a badly-botched bank robbery. That narrative thread connects to the 2010 game, in which gamers were John Marston, a former member of the gang, tasked by the federal government with capturing or killing his former comrades in 1911. Here is one trailer for Red Dead Redemption II:

In addition to the core game itself, Red Dead Redemption II can be purchased as a “Special Edition”, “Ultimate Edition” and “The Collector’s Box”. Included in the Special Edition are a bank robbery mission and gang hide-out, free access to different weapons, and a physical world map. The Ultimate Edition contains the content of the Special Edition while adding such extras as two bonus character outfits, a thoroughbred horse, and access to theme music.

Finally, The Collector’s Box, while not offering any digital content or the game itself, is comprised of actual physical items from the world of Red Dead Redemption II. Contained within a metal box (with lock and key), there is a treasure map, pin set, playing cards, a 150-page replica of a catalog used in the game, 12 collective cards, a bandana, a collectible coin, and a double-sided 100-piece puzzle.

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Red Dead Redemption II will be released on October 26th, 2018, for the Xbox One and Sony PlayStation4 systems. Further information about the game’s special editions can be found at ROCKSTAR WAREHOUSE. This website will continue to track developments in the lead-up to the game’s launch. As well, Red Dead Redemption II will be added to the online college course, The Video Game West, taught by this writer. See the link COLLEGE COURSES for more details. 

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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