Red Dead Redemption 2 is huge. Like, massive. Riding from one end of the map to the other takes, well, I don’t know. I never actually timed it, but just going from one town to the next takes an age so it must take even longer.
During the opening hours of the game will find yourself wondering when you’ll be able to fast travel, what with the lengthy horse rides here, there, and everywhere. The good news is that there is a fast travel system in the game. The bad news is that, just like so much with Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s overly complicated when it could be really simple. More on that in my review.
So, how do you fast travel in Red Dead Redemption 2? Unfortunately it’s not as simple as opening the map, choosing where to go, and then appearing there moments later. No, that’d be too convenient.
Firstly you’ll need to unlock the ledger at the gang’s camp. This means you’ll have to play a few hours of the game’s story, but then you’ll unlock the camp ledger. It’s here that you can buy upgrades for the game, including lodgings. This is important as fast travel is only unlocked by upgrading Arthur’s lodgings. But there’s a catch, of course. You first need to upgrade Dutch’s lodgings, and that’s not cheap, and neither is Arthur’s upgrade. If, like me, you rushed your way through the story, you’ll find yourself strapped for cash at this point. If that’s the case, check out our other guide on how to make money in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Once you’ve bought the upgrade for Arthur’s lodgings, you can now fast travel. However, you can only do it from the camp by using the map on the back of Arthur’s tent. Even then you can’t choose a specific point, but instead a general area that you’ve already visited before. Still, it’ll save you a lot of time so be grateful it’s there at all.
But how about fast travelling back to camp? Well, that’s a little more complicated. You can either jump on your horse, place a marker on your map and then go into ‘cinematic’ camera mode (your horse will automatically head to the marker) or you can take a train or stagecoach. The first option is free and you don’t even need to use your hands. This means you won’t be spending any money and your hands are free for browsing Pure PlayStation. However, it all takes place in real-time, so you could be sat reading our Red Dead Redemption 2 coverage for a while. The train and stagecoach, however, are much faster but that speed comes at a monetary cost. Oh, and you have to get to the nearest stagecoach or train by yourself first, so there’s that.
It’s not ideal, especially after we’ve all been spoilt rotten by other open world games, but at least it’s something.
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