Here’s what Red Dead Redemption 2’s companion app has to offer

    
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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.

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Brown Jenkin

I’m interested enough in RDRII that I’m seriously considering buying a friggin console… ugh. Also, companion apps for games have always been a good idea, I’m puzzled that more MMOs haven’t gone this route. Someone could probably do a good MassivelyOP “best of” type article for companion apps.

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Aiun Tanks

I really love this idea, but it’s never worked for me. On every game that’s tried it, the app has always timed-out or de-synched from the console within a minute or two, forcing me to go through a lengthy authentication process that’s no quicker than hitting the actual map button in-game.

And it would’ve been super useful in those games, too! Fallout’s Pip-Boy, the satellite view ordering of supplies in MGS V, the intel-gathering in Wildlands… Hard to tell how much more useful the RDR2 app could be than the map that comes in the special edition box.

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Darthbawl

OK, that map idea sounds very cool. Psst, Elder Scrolls Online devs, hinty hint hint. :P

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Bannex

What are the permissions?
What data will it collect?
Im struggling to see the point of this app…

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Mr.McSleaz

“What data will it collect?”
That right there is the point of the app. People flock to the opportunity to give up all their personal info to their corporate overlords for even the tiniest of convenience.