This has got to be one of the leakiest pre-E3 periods in recent years.
Beyond AAA title after AAA title being revealed way ahead of schedule, the full pre-order bonus list for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been leaked via the official Microsoft website. Additionally, the game's special editions will be revealed at the E3 event.
Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-orders have been live ever since the game was announced. For many people a pre-rendered cinematic and a name was enough to fork over the $60 in advance - so much so that the game has already sold out once on Amazon before restocking - and now we finally know what that overeager loyalty won you.
On first glance the goodies you get for Red Dead Redemption 2 seem like nothing special, but then fans of the previous game in the series have a very special treat waiting for them - the War Horse.
In Red Dead Redemption the War Horse was a pre-order incentive, as well as being DLC and included in the GOTY edition.
Sporting the best overall stats in the game, the War Horse was given to players who pre-ordered the game right off the bat negating and horse-taming or buying element of the game (unless you specifically wanted to do that). It also looks beautiful.
Beyond this blast from the past, fans who already ordered the game will get something called the Outlaw Survival kit - likely in-game weapons, clothing items and consumables - a story mode cash boost of an indeterminate amount and GTA$ 500,000 bonus to be spent in GTA Online on the same account.
Players who pre-order before July 31st will also unlock an exclusive in-game treasure map.
This likely works as a timesaver, helpfully marking all hidden treasure on your in-game map
and thus removing any challenge or sense of accomplishment from finding them on your own damn self. This dating further reinforces the leak that more info will come during E3 (for a change).
Since the source of this leak is a straight up screenshot from Microsoft's store page, it's pretty much guaranteed to be legit, something quite rare in the world of leaks.
While many players swear by the War Horse, others dislike the idea of such a high-level mount just being given to you for pre-ordering, thus trivializing a whole game mechanic. Beyond that, there isn't too much of interest included, but who are we kidding, you're pre-ordering it anyway.
Be on the lookout for more Red Dead Redemption 2 info in the coming days and weeks.