The developer behind Red Dead Redemption 2 has granted the wish of a terminally ill fan by giving him the chance to play the highly anticipated westerner weeks before general release.
Jurian, from the Netherlands, has been suffering from a rare hereditary condition known as Neurofibromatosis type 2, a disease which causes benign tumors to form within his body. His father contacted Rockstar Netherlands about letting his son play the Wild West prequel early, and his wish was granted.
Two employes from the Grand Theft Auto creator arrived at Jurian's house with a copy of Red Dead 2, allowing him to play the game for an afternoon session.
'Since I was waiting with excitement for Red Dead Redemption 2, my father decided to contact the publisher, asking if they had a copy of the game preliminarily as exception. Rockstar Netherlands was willing to give it but didn’t have the clearance, so they contacted the headquarters who set me up with something nice very quickly,' a translation of Jurian's Facebook post reads (via Rockstar Intel).
'By the end of the week two employees from Rockstar Netherlands visited me, who gave me a private demonstration of the game. After an afternoon of playing they sadly took the game back with them.'
'Seeing as I read an article a short while ago about a similar case with Nintendo, I thought I’d share, seeing as Rockstar did me a favor as well.'
It's a lovely gesture for sure, and not the first time that a video game company has done something like this, either. Aside from Nintendo as Jurian mentions, Bethesda also allowed a terminally ill fan to go hands-on with an upcoming title, Fallout 76.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is due out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.