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How to Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Early

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date lands on October 26th, but you can starting playing on October 25th if you pre-order the right version.

If you pre-order the digital version of Red Dead Redemption 2 you should be able to pre-load and start playing as soon as game goes live the night of October 26th. Those living in western time zones should be able to jump into Rockstar’s new world at 9PM Pacific on October 25th.

If you pre-order a physical version of the game you can also start playing on October 25th, but you’ll need to head into a store and pickup the game in person.

If you pre-order the physical version of the game through an online retailer like Amazon, your copy won’t arrive until October 26th. However, if you pre-order through Best Buy you can walk into a store at 9PM local time, pickup your game disc, and start playing the game on October 25th.

Best Buy says customers who pre-order a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 can walk out of the store at closing time with a physical copy of the game. In fact, the retailer says those who pre-order can walk into “any” Best Buy store at 9PM on Thursday, October 25th and walk out with the game in-hand.

Often times these early release events are limited to certain stores, but it looks like this offer will apply to all locations on launch day.

Those who want to take advantage of this offer are encouraged to show up 10-15 minutes before 9PM because it doesn’t look like stores will be open late to accommodate customers.

We expect competitors like GameStop to provide similar timing though only Best Buy has confirmed early release date pickups at this point.

Those who pre-order a copy of the game through one of these retailers are encouraged to call ahead before the release date just to make sure doors will be open.

Playing early is just one benefit to pre-ordering. Rockstar and its retail partners are also offering several Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses.

Those who pre-order a digital copy of the game get a cash bonus for use in Red Dead Redemption 2’s story mode and a cash bonus for use in GTA Online. Pre-orders also come with a War Horse mount and an Outlaw Survival Kit.

The $80 Special Edition also comes with additional content for the game’s story mode including missions, gameplay bonuses, and in-game discounts.

The $100 Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition bundle includes everything from the standard and Special Editions, two exclusive outfits for your online character, free access to the Survivor Camp Theme, a Black Chestnut Thoroughbred horse, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses.

For more on the Red Dead Redemption 2 bonuses, please take a look at our guide to the game’s three editions.

4 Reasons to Pre-Order Red Dead Redemption 2 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP

Pre-Order If You Want to Play 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 right now. 

Many of you have been waiting seven plus years for a new Red Dead Redemption to arrive. While Red Dead Redemption 2 won't feature the exact same locations and characters as the first game, it will be set in the same world with tons of missions to complete, places to see, animals to hunt, and so on. It'll also include some familiar faces. 

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. 

Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode is called Red Dead Online and Rockstar describes it as a "new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2's enormous open world."

If you think you might want to start ranking up your character and banking cash the second the Red Dead Online beta goes live this fall, think about putting in a pre-order. 

If you pre-order a digital copy you'll be able to pre-load the game on Friday, October 19th (12AM Eastern) and start playing right when the game comes out.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive download for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

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