Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC at last, and while it will hit Steam in December, Rockstar will bring it to other digital retailers and its own new launcher a month earlier. And the publisher really, really wants you to purchase it on the Rockstar Launcher. To that end, you’ll get up to $105 USD worth of free games and DLC for pre-ordering through that store.
You’ll get two free Rockstar games if you pre-order before October 22. You can pick between Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, Bully: Scholarship Edition, L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition, or Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition. If you pick the two priciest games – L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 – that totals up to $65 of free titles.
No matter when you pre-order, you’ll also get a free upgrade to the next most pricey edition of the game. Buy the standard version at $60, and you’ll get upgraded to the $80 special edition. Or, if you want to spend $80, you’ll get the normally-$100 ultimate edition. Both come with their own varieties of bonus items, horses, and missions, but you can get those details on the official site.
So that $20 upgrade brings us to $85 of free stuff. You’ll then get 50 gold bars for Red Dead Online with the pre-order – that amount of premium currency usually costs around $20. Thus, we’re up to the final tally of $105. (Plus all the other pre-order bonuses originally included with the console versions.)
The publisher says these pre-purchase offers are “only available from Rockstar Games,” though early purchases on other platforms don’t begin until October 23. According to the official site, the only bonus offer you’ll get outside of Rockstar is a bundle of 25 gold bars for RDO – a $10 value. The wording implies, however, that there will be no bonuses at all on Steam.
In short, Rockstar is practically begging you to use its launcher rather than wait for the Steam release. That extra 30% is clearly worth a lot.