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Rockstar clarifies that Red Dead Redemption 2’s special edition “story missions” aren’t part of the main story

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Yesterday, Rockstar Games revealed the Special and Ultimate Editions of Red Dead Redemption 2, along with the Collector’s Box. The reveal stirred up a veritable hornet’s nest, as players realised that they’d have to shell out extra money to get the story missions included with the Special and Ultimate Editions.

Here’s the description of said missions, just for clarification:

Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout in Story Mode: Get exclusive access to a Bank Robbery Mission, in which Arthur and a couple of his fellow gang members come up with a daring plan to break in and rob the bank in the southern town of Rhodes. Elsewhere, the Del Lobos Gang has taken over a hacienda – clear this gang’s hideout and rob their stash for a lucrative take.

That is was described as a story mission has ruffled more than a few feathers. Rockstar has now clarified that the missions here or supplementary ones that have zero bearing on the main narrative. The company said on Twitter that “The Bank Robbery and Gang Hideout included in the RDR2 Special Edition are side activities created specifically for that edition and are not part of the main story.”

That may have backfired. Instead of players unwilling to buy the special editions feeling short-changed, you now have people who’ve already pre-ordered the fancy copies feeling like they’ve spent extra money on something of little value. There’s no pleasing everyone. Or anyone. Either way, I’m happy to skip the superfluous nonsense that’s included in editions made for fleecing.

They also addressed complaints about the Collector’s Box not containing the actual game, saying that it was done that way to “ensure players can pair the Collector’s Box with the game edition of their choice (physical or digital).”

That’s something I can actually get behind; a CE that’s entirely supplemental, containing no in-game anything. It’s not the sort of thing I’d buy anyway, but this allows people to still pre-load games digitally and then buy physical ephemera should they wish for it.

Last Updated: June 6, 2018

17 Comments

  1. Original Heretic

    June 6, 2018 at 10:48

    So it’s like DLC. Which people are always willing to pay extra for, if it’s good enough.
    DLC is more of the game, but has no effect on the core experience.
    But now that Rockstar is announcing it early, and releasing it at the same time as the full game, people are losing their shit.
    I originally though it was a dick move, but I was wrong. They’re actually being proactive.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      June 6, 2018 at 11:03

      I presume you are trolling… forcing people to pay more to get the full experience before the game is even released is as bad as it gets.

      You don’t get pre-game DLC packs.. that’s ludicrous and is a complete cash grab

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      • Viper_ZA

        June 6, 2018 at 11:48

        Sadly, it’s what most companies seem to be doing these days. As long as the consumers support these types, well then, it won’t stop any time soon.

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      • Magoo

        June 6, 2018 at 12:37

        Imagine if games like Borderlands and Witcher 3 sold side-stories as pre-order DLC. It’s a laughable thought.

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      • Original Heretic

        June 6, 2018 at 13:38

        Not trolling at all.
        We have not before gotten pre-game DLC. But why not? The only difference between announcing it before game or once the game is released is timing. Nothing else.
        What actual difference is there between paying for additional content before game release or after game release? There is none.

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  2. Pieter Kruger

    June 6, 2018 at 10:58

    • JacoZAB

      June 6, 2018 at 11:29

      Is this a spam bot? I think you may have malware Critical Hit!

      Reply

  3. JWT-80

    June 6, 2018 at 11:05

    Is it just me reading RDR2 as R2D2 every single time?

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  4. Kromas

    June 6, 2018 at 11:58

    I remember when you got a full game for 1 price. Ah those were the days. No online connectivity. No day 1 patches. Native Lan support./Wipes a tear

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    • Ir0nseraph

      June 6, 2018 at 17:21

      Well Good of War was complete at a good price, and it was fantastic.

      Reply

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        June 7, 2018 at 11:12

        It’s is a really god game.

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      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        June 7, 2018 at 11:12

        It’s is a really god game.

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        • Ir0nseraph

          June 7, 2018 at 17:54

          XD

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  5. Magoo

    June 6, 2018 at 12:35

    No, there is a real problem here. It’s that “side activities created specifically for that edition” is absolute hogwash for a game that hasn’t been completed or released.

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      June 7, 2018 at 11:12

      Exactly

      Reply

  6. Skyblue

    June 7, 2018 at 14:50

    Aaaaaaaand Rockstar feel it’s necessary to become the new EA now that they’re backtracking on all their shit. I’ve been a fan of Rockstar for a very long time but this leaves a very sour taste in the wallet.

    Reply

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