The folks at Rockstar Games have announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be receiving a nifty companion app for iOS and Android, which will be available when the game launches this Friday. “The Red Dead Redemption 2 Companion App connects directly with your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One as you play, delivering real-time information to your smart device,” the official announcement says.
The app has a few different uses that may come in handy for players as they explore the lawless wilderness of RDR2’s American West. It can act as a replacement for the game’s map, allowing players to “pan and zoom the map, set waypoints or mark areas of interest with a tap on [their screens], aiding [their] exploration and discovery throughout the expansive world of Red Dead Redemption 2.”
On top of that, it can also — at least in theory — be used as a substitute for the game’s UI by showing main character Arthur Morgan’s current information and statistics, allowing players “to completely remove the in-game HUD” from their TVs if they should so desire, though it’s hard to imagine that looking down at a separate device to check your health will be particularly convenient in the middle of a firefight. The app will also allow players to read Arthur’s in-game journal, “with new entries and illustrations appearing as [they] progress through the Red Dead Redemption 2 story,” and to view the full game manual and official guide from Piggyback.