Red Dead 2 Collectors Edition Is Beautiful but is Missing One Key Thing

Rockstar recently announced their range of different Red Dead Redemption 2 versions that will be available once the game launches. All versions have different features, with the most expensive being a collector’s box with tons of goodies, but surprisingly no copy of the game.

All versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 are available for pre-order right now. Here’s a look at all of the different Red Dead Redemption 2 versions and what you will get in each.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box

The most expensive version of Red Dead Redemption 2 is the collector’s box. This edition will set you back $99.99 and it’ll come with a variety of physical goodies.

First off is the treasure map. Apparently, the map is made out of “unrippable” paper and we’re hoping it’ll contain some hint to an in-game location for buried treasure.

Next is the Wheeler, Rawson And Co. Catalog. This is a 150 page book that is based on the in-game merchant supply catalog of the same name.

You will also get a deck of Red Dead Redemption themed playing cards, as well as a pin set consisting of different RDR2 weapons.

The pin set can be stored in a small gift bag. 12 collectible cigarette cards are also included, as well as a six shooter bandana, a ‘collectible challenge coin’, and a `100 piece double sided puzzle. The collectible cards are inspired by in-game items that can be searched for. Finally, the collector’s box itself is a worthwhile mention. This is a metal box with an included padlock and key.

Interestingly, the collectors’ box will not come with a copy of the game. Rockstar has mentioned that removing the game allows fans to purchase the version that interests them the most. Whether that is another collector’s edition, or just a physical or digital copy of the standard game.

$99.99 for a collector’s box without the game sounds like quite a lot, but when you take a look at what is actually included, it’s not such a bad deal.

Red Dead Redemption 2 $79.99 Special Edition

The cheapest option besides the standard base game is the $79.99 Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition. With the Special Edition, you get a copy of the game as well as a few in-game bonuses for singleplayer.

These bonuses include a bank robbery mission and gang hideout, a dappled black thoroughbred horse, the Nuevo Paraiso gunslinger outfit, talisman and medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses, and discounts, and three free weapons at the gunsmiths. You’ll also get the physical unrippable map mentioned earlier.

Red Dead Redemption 2 $99.99 Ultimate Edition

If you feel like splashing out $100 but you’d still like to get the game with that money, the Ultimate Edition would be an option for you.

Not to be confused with the identically priced Collector’s Box, the Ultimate Edition comes with a physical copy of the game and a number of other features.

With the Ultimate Edition, you get all of the features from the Special Edition as well as some in-game online bonuses.

These online bonuses include a black chestnut racehorse, a matching saddle, a free survivor camp theme, a boost to rank 25, and new weapons.

The Ultimate Edition also comes with a steelbook case.

Wait, what even are all these things?

When it comes to some of the online bonuses, unfortunately, I know as little as you do. I’m just relaying the information that Rockstar has shared.

We can gather some details about Red Dead Redemption 2 from the additional online content, however.

It’s clear that buying better weapons and horses will be a core focus for progression in Red Dead Redemption 2. I can’t see how horses and old school weaponry could be as customizable and fun as cars and modern weapons are in GTA Online, but it’s something at least.

I’m also not sure what ‘survivor camps’ are. If I had to guess, survivor camps might be safe areas that are similar to apartments in GTA Online. I would assume that players can purchase areas on the map to use as their survivor camp.

Themes would be ways to customize the appearance of the survivor camp.

Another thing to mention is that if you pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2, you’ll get between $500,000 and $2,000,000 GTA Online dollars added to your GTA account. The amount you get depends on which version you pre-order.

If you’re the kind of person that splashes out on Shark Cards, this might be a nice way to pick up Red Dead Redemption 2 and get rewarded for it.


Pre-orders for Red Dead Redemption 2 are available from the Rockstar Warehouse. You should also be able to pre-order the game from other online retailers or from your local video game retailer.

You’ll get the same bonuses no matter where you pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release on Xbox One and PS4 on October 26. The PC release date hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s likely that it will follow 1-2 years after the console launch.

So far, we still know very little about Red Dead Redemption 2. A previous leak suggested that we’d be getting new game modes, including battle royale.

The same leak suggested that RDR2 would have first person in both singleplayer and multiplayer. Details were shared about handcarts, minecarts, and horse-drawn wagons too. You can check out that leak here.

There are also rumors that suggest Rockstar will be releasing a gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 within the next two months. Rockstar had a similar strategy for GTA 5.

Back in 2013, we were shown the collector’s and limited edition versions, then 1 month later, a gameplay trailer was released.

Hopefully, the same will happen with Red Dead Redemption 2 so that we can actually learn more about what to expect from the game.

What are your thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2? Will you be pre-ordering or will you wait till the release?