My friend is able to lend me Red Dead Redemption. However it's the vanilla edition, so I'm going to end up buying the GOTY edition anyway. Here is a question now: If I were to play Red Dead Redemption, non-GOTY edition, have a save from it, and then buy the GOTY edition, will I be able to play on the save I made while playing the non-GOTY edition?

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I have contacted Rockstar support and they have confirmed that save files are interchangeable between the standard edition and the Game of the year edition.

This means that any save created with the vanilla edition will load up no problem when you get the GOTY edition.


The DLC in the GOTY edition does not affect the main story mode as the DLC is all multiplayer based except for Undead Nightmare, which is stand-alone. You can purchase the GOTY edition after playing the vanilla version and you save will be okay.

  • Do you know this for sure? I had a similar problem with another rockstar game, LA Noire, where my vanilla save would not load on the GOTY edition. While this may not effect DLC it would be an issue if the OP wants to switch editions before he finishes the massive single player mode. I have down voted until the information you have provide can be verified as I think there is a high chance it is incorrect.
    – Colin
    Oct 22, 2013 at 3:15
  • Since LA Noire is singleplayer only, the DLC would affect the save. All the DLC included in the Red Dead GOTY edition is multiplayer only. In fact, the GOTY edition comes with the singleplayer on one disc, and the multiplayer with its DLC on another. If OP was really paranoid, they could not insert the second disc until they were done with the singleplayer. Oct 22, 2013 at 21:14
  • I think the OP wants to switch editions on the middle of the single player game and wants to know if he can load a save from the vanilla to GOTY edition. I know for a fact you cannot do this in LA noire. Your answer and comment are purely related to DLC and do not address that fundamental part of the question.
    – Colin
    Oct 22, 2013 at 21:58
  • I answered his question in my answering saying You can purchase the GOTY edition after playing the vanilla version and you save will be okay. The rest of my answer was providing evidence for my answer. Oct 23, 2013 at 19:27
  • That statement itself is ambiguous. What does "your save will be okay." actually mean? It does not answer the question of whether he could switch editions mid way through the single player and continue with the same save file which is really what the OP is asking. Also you have provided no source for you assurance that it will be 'okay,' how do you know this?
    – Colin
    Oct 23, 2013 at 23:25

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