Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrade to Ultimate Edition - Can You Do It

Upgrading Red Dead Redemption 2 to Ultimate Edition has been the talk of the town. This is because you need the Ultimate Edition of RDR2 to access the Red Dead Online Beta today. Needless to say, people have been wondering if it’s possible to upgrade Red Dead Redemption 2 to Ultimate Edition. Well, our Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrade to Ultimate Edition – Can You Do It aims to help answer that question. Spoiler alert – I don’t think you’ll be too happy with the answer. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrade to Ultimate Edition - Can You Do It
Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrade to Ultimate Edition – Can You Do It

Can I Upgrade Red Dead Redemption 2 to Ultimate Edition?

The answer to the question, unfortunately, is no. If you’ve purchased any edition that’s below Ultimate, or even preordered it, there’s no way we know of that you can now upgrade to the highest Edition. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any upwards mobility from any edition to any edition whatsoever. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You’re just gonna have to be patient to access the Red Dead Online Beta. Or just purchase the Ultimate Edition, leaving you with two copies of the game.

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Well, to be fair, there is one way. You could ask for a refund, and then re-purchase the Ultimate Edition. Of course, this isn’t an upgrade; it’s barely a workaround, but that’s pretty much the only method. That is, unless you want two copies of the game, which is admittedly pretty costly. The downside to this is that processing your refund request can take a good long while. I’d wager that, by the time it goes through (and if it goes through), it’ll be your turn to access the Beta anyway. So, really, there’s no reason to bother with the whole rigmarole at all.

Again, I’m sorry to disappoint you. But, don’t be down, you won’t have to wait for too long. For more details on when exactly you’ll be able to access the beta, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 Online – How to access with Ultimate & Regular Editions guide. Stay tuned for our further coverage of the Beta.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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    Nicholas Murphy

    So let’s say you purchase the ultimate edition while already owning the standard. Could you still ask for a refund on the standard edition afterwards? Mostly asking for the perks.

    1. C

      I was wondering- I have the regular edition of rdr2. What happens if I purchase the ultimate edition? I already play RDR Online BETA. If I get the Ultimate Edition will I gain the Ultimate edition items?

      1. D

        Hi did you ever figure this out as I’d like to swap to the ultimate edition but I dont want to lose my online character etc. Any help would be much appreciated.

        1. T

          Yeah, I’ve been trying to figure this out. I’m stuck right now, because I have RDR2 Standard on Steam, and I’d like to buy the Ultimate Edition, but it won’t let me. Says I already own the game, so I can’t buy it. My friend is going to try refunding it, since he gifted it to me, and then I’ll try upgrading to the Ultimate Edition. Technically, it should still save if I link my R* or since i’m logging in through the same Steam account, it should work. What did you guys find was the easier option? Did you have to refund or delete the game, or did you not even bother upgrading?

  2. J

    I have been playing the physical copy, if I buy the ultimate edition from playstation store and download it will I have to restart the game story and all or can i resume story at same place but with the extras on ultimate edition?

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      JoAnn poulos

      any help

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    Michael Troub

    Wondering why Rockstar would not allow folks to upgrade to a better version. It would only mean more money for them, and a pleased player base.

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