I'm of two minds over pre-order/exclusive content. On the one hand, sure, I'd love for my Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2 to rock a cool new outfit, or saddle up a good, strong horse, or click-clack a fresh firearm for all my haters.
On the other hand, I want to essentially share in the experience everyone else is going to go through, without a leg up on the competition, single-player, multiplayer, or otherwise.
Well, it's too late for me. I pre-ordered RDR 2 because, frankly, I wanted the ability to pre-download the game this week—not be stuck with a 150 GB download on PS4 on launch day. Hey, I live out in the woods of Oregon. It took a full workday to pre-download all those gigabytes. That's not how I would've wanted to spend my day off.
So, whether you want the pre-order goodies or not, on PS4 you'll have them early for 30 days before the Xbox One audience can get their hands on them. There's the Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit, which appears to be purely cosmetic. There's the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, known for its speed and handling. The Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle, providing health and stamina boosts for your horse. And the High Roller Double Action Revolver, highly customized with a quick rate of fire, available day one in Red Dead Online (remember, you get Red Dead Online essentially for free when you buy Red Dead Redemption 2).
The video hints that there's more early access content coming to Red Dead Online if you pre-ordered. None of this has me going through the roof with excitement. Which probably just goes to show how excited I already am for vanilla RDR 2. What could an in-game pre-order goody give me that'd already exceed my current hype level?
Red Dead Redemption 2 and, subsequently, Red Dead Online, launch October 26 on PS4 and Xbox One.