Red Dead Redemption 2 will let PS4 players “earn select online content” first

The Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer (opens in new tab) may not have told us much about the game (it’s pretty and it’s set in the old west, we get it) but Sony is more than happy to tip its hand. Over on the PlayStation Blog (opens in new tab), the tease of a partnership between PlayStation and Rockstar promises first access to online content. Maybe. It’s worded a little strangely.

“We are pleased to announce that PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab),” the blog states (emphasis mine). Getting first access and getting the chance to maybe get first access are two very different things. That’s all the blog has to say on the matter for now, but my guess is you’ll see PS4 players getting to unlock new weapons, clothes, and/or horses first.

Still, the partnership extends beyond any theoretical DLC. The trailer we saw earlier today was captured on a PS4, so all those pretty sights should be just as pretty when it releases next year.

Fans of the original Red Dead Redemption might also be interested to hear that game will be coming to PS4… in a manner of speaking. It’ll be added to the catalogue of PlayStation Now games, meaning you can stream it if you’re subscribed to the service. Fans uh… fans haven’t been too keen on that last detail, judging by the comments. Here’s my particular favorite, from BluSpykz:

“A lot of valid points in the comments. I wonder what the ratio of people who want back compatibility vs the ratio of people who want a HD remaster (or even a straight port – it’s a damn fine game) is compared to the ratio of PS Now subscribers?

How does a few online items help anyone? It just fuels more stupid arguments between Sony and XBONE users – nobody has time for that and nobody really wants that!

Hooray for RDR2 though, obviously! (I should’ve lead with that, right?)”

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