The cat’s finally out of the bag, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC. It is a fine ass game, one I’m still playing well over a year later on PS4, a truth which can only be said for about two or three other games in existence. Red Dead 2 is an open-world masterpiece, one of with unparalleled level of detail in its own world, while Red Dead Online has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and become a genuinely exciting mode in its own right.
You can see our full review of Red Dead Redemption 2 here but we said at the time that “Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't just a great game. It's a game that sets an impossibly high new bar for how open-worlds can be handled. Its depiction of late 19th-century America feels both historically accurate yet abundantly open-ended, slow-paced and yet alive, grim and yet majestic. It makes the original Red Dead Redemption feel like a warm-up, the doodles on the page before the real thing has come to life.”
It’s good. It’s very good. And it’s coming to PC very soon indeed, complete with graphical enhancements and, hardware permitted, technical improvements. At a basic level though, we’ll finally be able to use proper mouse aiming! This should ensure that PC is the best place to play Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online once November 5th rolls round.
But, the one bone of contention is that on November 5th, RDR2 on PC won’t be available everywhere. It’s launching on the Rockstar Games Launcher and the Epic Games Store. You can also pick up codes from third-party key retailers like Green Man Gaming, but the end result is you’ll still need to play it through the Rockstar Games Launcher.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Steam but there’s going to be a slight delay. Rockstar has given us a fluffy ‘December’ data for the Steam release, although we expect Epic Games has paid for exactly one month’s exclusivity. This would mean a Steam release on December 5th.
Just to make things a little trickier, Rockstar is also throwing in a bunch of bonuses for those pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 from its own storefront. You’ll get to pick two Rockstar PC games to add to your library permanently, while pre-ordering on any platform outside of Steam will net you 25 Gold Bars bonus for Red Dead Online (trust me, you’ll need them).
The one final wrinkle is that PC isn’t the only platform on which Red Dead Redemption 2 will debut in November; it’s also coming to Google’s Stadia service, which may end up a handy alternative for folks with fast internet and lower-end gaming hardware. There are some of you out there, surely?
Taking all of these factors into account, what are your purchase plans for Red Dead 2? Are you going to hold on for the Steam release or can you just not wait? Have you already bought it on console? Are you going to skip it entirely? Get voting and let us know why below!