Sick and tired of those pre-order nonsense in modern day videogame retailing? Here's a little something to make you feel better. Slightly.

For the record, we here at The Daily Zombies HATE pre-order exclusive. You may liken us to old folks who refuse to move along with the times, but we certainly remember the good old days where we paid cold hard cash for a game with full contents.

A trio of Red Dead Redemption's pre-order bonuses, namely, the Deadly Assassin Outfit, the Golden Guns Weapon Pack and the War Horse, all three belated for close to a year, will finally be made available as downloadable content via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network next week.

If you've been waiting for those digital rewards, you've been waiting for close to year. Rockstar says that won't happen with its next game, L.A. Noire. The 1940s detective adventure is saddled with a quartet of retailer pre-order "exclusives" that include special outfits, cases and other digital goodies.

In this report from Kotaku, Rockstar confirms that the same will not happen to L.A. Noire, the much anticipated open-ended detective adventure game set in the 1940s.

Apologies to everyone for having to wait so long to get these available as DLC as there were some unanticipated technical delays - for those of you inquiring about the expected availability of the L.A. Noire preorder bonuses as DLC after game release, those should become available as DLC much, much sooner.

A surprise to absolutely nobody, there are more than a few of those retailer pre-order "exclusives" with the title. In our earlier coverage on the "Naked City" DLC exclusive to GameStop, we did mentioned that we fully "expect this one to be released to all sooner than you might think".

While Rockstar's official does indeed pacified many (including yours truly), we are still in hope for the total removal of such unnecessary retail tactics one day in console gaming.


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