Red Dead Redemption 2 launches at 7 a.m. Thursday – here’s the lowdown

    
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I gotta say, I’ve ordered some extra popcorn for this week, just in anticipation of watching Fallout 76 and Red Dead Redemption 2 clobber each other. But here we are, with F76’s beta beginning today – and RDR2 putting down roots on Thursday when the launch kicks off.

Rockstar has a big “what to expect when you’re expecting to play hooky for this game” guide out ahead of the showdown. You’re gonna wanna make sure your console is all patched up now in anticipation of the day-one patch – yes, remember, this game isn’t officially slated for PC just yet, wink wink nudge nudge and all that. Then be aware that Rockstar has given the go-ahead for streaming as of the game’s first midnight launch – in Australia and New Zealand – which actually translates to 7 a.m. EDT on Thursday here in the MOP offices.

Also worth noting is that Rockstar says it’ll launch the Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Companion App on iOS and Android as well. More MMO-minded players, we’ll be waiting a bit longer for our bit:

“Get ready for the launch of the Red Dead Online beta coming in November. As we announced previously, Red Dead Online is a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2’s enormous open world. As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch and we look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative. Access to Red Dead Online is free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.”

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Sorenthaz

Yeah… not bothering with this unless it comes to PC or it’s far enough down the line to where I feel like getting it on my PS4.

Also would rather wait for the Online features at the very least before I consider getting it on my console.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Ell to the Oh to the Ell at all the people that think this will never come to PC. Y’all are killing me.

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Dug From The Earth

Wouldnt be the first time that a big game like this didnt make its way to the PC, but yeah.. after their success with GTA V, Im sure they realize the money potential.

Another delayed release (12 months from now) will work wonders for their shareholders who will insist on seeing revenue go up again months after the initial release (which a PC release will do). Not to mention many console players will buy a SECOND copy for PC, just so they can use mods in the pc version of the game.

What we are seeing here, with most of these people, is called defensive skepticism. Since there is no evident proof, one remains outwardly in denial that it will happen to protect themselves from being disappointed for if it never actually does happen. I blame the game industry though for gamers feeling the need to do this. All too often does the industry fail to take advantage of the free hype generated, and fails to deliver something that gamers want.

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nobleeinherjar

My hype for RDR2 is off the charts, same for the online portion. Some of my best multiplayer memories are from the original game and I can see myself digging into RDO much deeper than I ever did GTAO. Now if only that 7 a.m. release time made it to my time zone ..

Still, I’m interested in Fallout 76. The card system looks neat and exploring desolation is one of my favorite parts of Fallout games in general. But I doubt I’ll be picking it up anytime soon.

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rafael12104

As a long-standing member of PCMR I’m quite confident RDR2 will meet our needs and requirements. They need a little time which we will allow, this time.

*gets down off of horse*

As for the rest? Meh, they will compete for PR. Yup, there will be broad statements made and hyperbole will bound across the internet announcing which is better. But in reality, they don’t compete with each other. Or at least not much.

76 is an MMO although there are many out there who would argue the point. Players looking for that MMO experience will have no issue distinguishing between the two games.

RDR2 is a Single Player game primarily. Oh gamers froth at the mouth for the story and whatever nuance there will be, but we know what we are getting there as well. It won’t be compared to MMOs after all the hype wears out.

And guess what? People like me, and there are lots of us, will buy both because they are different games. It is well within my gaming budget for the year, and I’m no lottery winner (not yet, anyway).

The only question for me is, do I wait for RDR2 on the PC? Or do I buy it now knowing that when it is released for the PC I will buy it again?

Hmm… it is good to have these 1st world gamer problems!

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A Dad Supreme

As a Fallout fan, I probably will get Fallout ’76 but not until a year has passed when it’s really cheap and they have finally worked out whatever it is they seem to want to work out.

RD2 on the other hand, I’m going in Day 1 because I know the single-player element I enjoy in this type of game is there, without the worry about corpse-looting.

I can see myself buying F’76 when it hits $20 though. I think it will be a great bargain by that time having been fully (or almost) fleshed out.

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Darthbawl

Although no PC Master Race version of RDR2 at this point (if ever *gasp*?), RDR2 is just what gamers need. With Wild West Online being basically a turd, RDR2 needs to step up to the plate to fill up the players’ appetites for a good western/MMO’ish game.

Not too keen on ’76, the way it’s looking to play.

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A Dad Supreme

My pre-game predicition: I think RD2 will outsell Fallout ’76, and by a lot.

If you think of how many Fallout games there have been since the first Fallout, the series has gotten good reviews and bad reviews as a single-player game but always as a “single player”. People expected that to be the case with ’76 except with a multiplayer component added-in.

The way Bethesda has described the game thus far has been all over the place, saying contradicting things and then giving the usual “trust us!” reserved for companies when they know things aren’t exactly right.

Fallout has never really been a series where most diehard fans have begged for a multiplayer component. Usually because it’s a heavily-modded game, people were content playing it solo due to the massive amounts of storylines to follow, and the ability to re-play the game differently which a body-looting multiplayer version won’t allow for.

By comparison, there has only been one Red Dead made thus far, and for years people have been chomping at the bit to get R* to make another one. For many years it seemed they wouldn’t ever touch the IP again, not even to make another single-player but now that they have, people are more excited I believe.

There hasn’t been a great Western game since Red Dead as we all know, so that has led into excitement, which I think will translate into hard sales.

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Hirku

there has only been one Red Dead made thus far

Two, actually. Red Dead Revolver was the first one in 2004.

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A Dad Supreme

Ah, forgot about that. Thanks for the correction Hirku :)

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xpsync

With even a hint of hope for the PC, i gotta hold out for the PC version.

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rafael12104

Same. Although I’m optimistic. The code base is compiled on PCs so that’s not a barrier. But optimizing the game for a PC is another can of worms. And that includes all of the damn testing required because PCs, as you know, aren’t homogenous.

Still, they can do it, if they want too. And why wouldn’t they want too? Another pile of money they can roll around in and you can never have enough of those.