The highly acclaimed American developers, Rockstar Games, have generously allowed a special fan of Red Dead Redemption 2 to play the game before its inital launch date, October 26th.
Jurian is a terminally ill fan of Rockstar's Western open-world franchise from the Netherlands who sadly may not make it to the game's official release date. He suffers from neurofibromatosis type 2, a rare hereditary disease which causes tumours to develop along the nerves responsible for one's hearing and balance.
Since Jurian is currently in the last phase of his life, his father decided to reach out to Rockstar Netherlands. This was done in hope that an arrangement could be put in place for his son to play the game before it’s worldwide launch in a little over two weeks time. The company was willing to allow this to happen but they had to contact the Rockstar Headquarters in New York first.
The green light was given and Rockstar Games granted Jurian’s wish. They quickly paid him a visit with a private demo of their hugely anticipated title. He was able to play for a full afternoon before they had to take the copy back with them.
This heart-warming story is part of an ongoing trend in the industry. Jurian is not the only terminally ill gamer to receive special early access to their favourite title ahead of its official launch date.
Nintendo previously allowed a Smash Bros fan named Chris Taylor, to get his hands on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sadly, Chris lost his battle with cancer shortly after this. Bethesda also let a terminally ill fan play their upcoming online multiplayer RPG, Fallout 76, earlier this month.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled to release worldwide on October 26th for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
For more RDR2 here at KeenGamer, be sure to check out this opinion article on why it could be the best open-world game ever.