Red Dead Redemption 2 Release: 5 Things to Know

Red Dead Redemption 2 is confirmed and today we want to take a look at everything we know about the Red Dead Redemption 2 release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

2010’s Red Dead Redemption was the spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver. The title garnered numerous awards and it’s considered one of the best video games of all time.

Naturally, fans clamored for a sequel. And after several long years, Rockstar Games is poised to deliver a new game.

After years of rumors and speculation, the Red Dead Redemption 2 release is confirmed though it won’t be out for several months.

With Red Dead Redemption 2 release officially confirmed we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, pre-orders, features, multiplayer, and more.

We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details to check back for regular updates in the buildup to the game’s release date.

Red Dead Redemption 2 for Xbox One & PS4

Red Dead Redemption 2 is confirmed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developers have shifted away from the PS3 and Xbox 360 so a surprise release on those two aging consoles is unlikely. It’s unclear if the game will make it to Nintendo Wii U (doubtful), Nintendo Switch or the Windows PC.

Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, has said that its interested in the Nintendo Switch but that its support for the console will come down to sales.

Unfortunately, the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement arrived without confirmation for Windows PC users.

This doesn’t rule out Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC but this certainly isn’t sitting well with those who prefer to play Rockstar’s games on Windows.

Here are a few notes about the PC Red Dead Redemption 2 release:

  • Some analysts believe the developer will release a version of the game for Windows PC down the road with one predicting a Red Dead Redemption 2 release date for PC in early 2018.
  • Remember, Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC arrived several months after it landed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
  • GameStop’s listing for Red Dead Redemption 2 at one point noted that “Red Dead Redemption 2 PC is coming soon” but we wouldn’t read too much into that.
  • A Denuvo database leak hints at a possible release on PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 poster.

Red Dead Redemption 2 marketing materials don’t mention the PC.

During an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that consumers can expect “very significant marketing support” for Red Dead Redemption 2 ahead of its release date.

Marketing materials and posters for the game have started to arrive and none of them list a release for Windows PC.

If Red Dead Redemption is coming to the PC, we expect it to come a little bit later than the release for Xbox One and PS4.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date

The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date is confirmed for 2017.

Rockstar hasn’t issued a specific release date just yet but it has confirmed a fall 2017 release window for the highly anticipated title. For reference, the Grand Theft Auto 5 release date landed at the start of the fall in mid-September.

UK retailer Littlewoods has listed an October 10th ship date for Red Dead Redemption 2 but this is likely just a placeholder date.

A Portuguese retailer is also listing a precise release date. El Corte Ingles currently lists the game with an October 16th release date. We can assume this is a placeholder as well.

More recently, Media Markt in the Netherlands sent fans of the series into a frenzy when it apparently “confirmed” an October 3rd release date (a Tuesday in the United States) before changing the release back to a December 31st placeholder. Again, while the date is certainly possible, we’d treat it like a placeholder at this point.

It’s not clear when we’ll get an official Red Dead Redemption 2 release date for Xbox One and PS4. Those interested in the game’s release should signup for Rockstar’s mailing list.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Pre-Orders & Deals

Also of note is the fact that some retailers are already taking Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders ahead of the game’s release date.

Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop are selling the game a year in advance and those with Amazon Prime and Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked accounts can take advantage of early Red Dead Redemption 2 deals.

Those not looking to buy from a third-party can pre-order the game via Sony, the Microsoft Store, or Rockstar itself.

Note that the Red Dead Redemption 2 release dates and release times listed at these retailers are placeholder dates.

Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order card.

Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order card for Xbox One.

Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order cards have also started arriving in retail stores ahead of the game’s release.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Story, Characters, Map & More

Rockstar says that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature an “epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland” which seems to confirm an expansive single-player mode.

The characters in the teaser above haven’t been confirmed but there’s a ton of speculation and some of it points to a potential prequel featuring the protagonist from the first game, John Marston.

There’s also a bunch of speculation about the precise decade with some sleuths predicting a plot set in the late 1890’s.


Image from Reddit user BlueSaber80.

Take-Two’s Strauss Zelnick shared some additional details about Red Dead Redemption 2 at an MKM Partners event.

He believes the time is right “for a big, sprawling, optimistic view of America.” He also says the game wikll feature “incredible emotional depth” with “great story elements and great gameplay elements.”

The developer says the game’s “vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 Online arrived alongside the single-player portion of the game and it looks like Rockstar has grand designs for Red Dead Redemption as well.

The company’s reportedly registered a Red Dead Redemption online domain ahead of the game’s launch later this year.

Look for the experience to build on GTA 5’s online mode. Zelnick recently noted that Red Dead Redemption 2 “will be driven by its quality, and I think that the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online is driven by its extraordinary quality.”


Rockstar typically has used third-person view in its games though GTA 5 added in a unique first-person view. Naturally, fans of the Red Dead series are interested to see if the company brings that element to Red Dead Redemption 2.

Nothing is confirmed but here’s what Rockstar had to say about third-person and first-person during a question and answer session:

“We are excited by the response to our first effort at a first-person experience, but remain committed to third person games and may or may not use first person as a camera option in the future.

We do like to, whenever possible, give people options so they can play a game the way they like.”

A new report from Windows Central suggests Red Dead Redemption 2 is a 4K title for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One Scorpio.

The game will apparently join the likes of Forza 7, Star Wars Battlefront 2, FIFA 18, and Madden 18.

In 2016, an alleged Red Dead Redemption 2 map leaked showing some of the game’s potential locations. The map first appeared on NeoGAF.

While the alleged map was later removed from the website, some users were able to save it for the world to see.
red-dead-map-leakAccording to TechRadar, this map is legit and it’s for Red Dead Redemption 2. There are numerous locations listed including The Great Plains, home to the Blackwater settlement. There are also several bodies of water, something that we didn’t see in Red Dead Redemption.

If you’re curious about how the Red Dead Redemption 2 map stacks up with the map from the original, Reddit has you covered.


Image from Reddit user trevors685.

The image above shows how the official map from the first game stacks up, size-wise, with the leaked map for Red Dead Redemption 2.


The above image is another interesting look at the Red Dead Redemption 1 map and the rumored Red Dead Redemption 2 map.

The map is from Reddit user cosmicgeoffry and it shows the possible geographical inspiration of the two maps.

PS4 Red Dead Redemption 2 Bonus

Sony and Rockstar have announced a partnership for Red Dead Redemption 2. Sony says that “PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2.”

It’s not clear what this content is though Sony tells PS4 owners they can expect some more details in the near future.


It’s also worth noting that the PS3 classic Red Dead Redemption is now available on PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now is available for PC which means Red Dead Redemption, and Undead Nightmare, are now playable on Windows PC for the first time.

The original Red Dead Redemption is also available on Xbox One via Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility feature.

It can be played on Windows PC thanks to a feature that allows gamers to stream games on a Windows 10 device.

1 Reason to Pre-Order Red Dead Redemption 2 & 3 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Loved the First One and Want It ASAP

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Pre-Order If You Loved the First One and Want It ASAP

If you loved the first Red Dead Redemption and you know you'll want to jump into new one as soon as humanly possible, you might want to just get it over with and put in a pre-order. 

Many of you have been waiting six plus years for a new Red Dead Redemption to arrive. While Red Dead Redemption 2 probably won't feature the exact same locations and characters as the first game, it will almost certainly be set in the same world with tons of tasks to complete, places to see, and people/animals to kill. 

Rockstar's long development cycles are hard to sit through but the payoff is almost always worth it and there's a very good chance Red Dead Redemption 2 will be worth the long wait. 

The game will feature an extensive single-player campaign and it'll also feature a massive online component that will likely mirror Grand Theft Auto 5 Online. 

The developer notes that the game's "vast and atmospheric world" will provide "the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience." 

If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Red Dead Redemption 2 Online goes live, think about putting in a pre-order. (Presuming it arrives at launch. GTA 5 Online arrived after the game's initial release but that was the company's first stab at a massive online mode.)

If you do decide to pull the trigger, you can save some money by pre-ordering from Amazon though you need to be an Amazon Prime member.

(Note: If you aren't a member, you should be able to signup for a free Amazon Prime trial and save on a pre-order).

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