Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online will finally hit PC on November 5th

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Oh, thank goodness. At long last, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been announced to be arriving on PC November 5th, with pre-purchase available on the Rockstar game launcher starting on October 9th. And yes, cowpokes, that also means Red Dead Online will be joining our lineup of cowboy-themed games available for wild and rowdy yee-haws. Pre-purchasing through non-Rockstar outlets will even give you a bonus of 25 gold bars in RDO, with the Epic Store, Humble, and GameStop specifically cited as digital retailers.

Meanwhile, pre-ordering through the official storefront allows you to pick up two “classic” Rockstar titles (specifically any of the PS2-era Grand Theft Auto series, Max Payne 3LA Noire, or Bully) for free. You also get a variety of bonus gewgaws for both the single-player mode and the online option. So saddle up and get ready to mosey on, it’ll be here in just over a month. It feels like this took forever, huh?

“The first game in the Red Dead Redemption series to be featured on the PC platform, Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC features a range of graphical and technical enhancements for increased immersion along with new Bounty Hunting Missions, Gang Hideouts, Weapons and more. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC also includes free access to the shared living world of Red Dead Online featuring all previously released improvements and the latest content updates for the complete online experience including Frontier Pursuits and the specialist Roles of Bounty Hunter, Trader and Collector for players to progress through and earn unique rewards. Pre-purchases for Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC begin at 11AM ET on October 9th exclusively on the Rockstar Games Launcher through October 22nd. […] Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC will also be available to pre-order at the Epic Games store, Greenman Gaming, the Humble Store, GameStop and additional digital retailers starting October 23rd with a pre-order bonus of 25 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC will also be available to purchase on Steam this December.”

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Humble DG

Finally! I’ve tried to play these games on the PS4, but the controls are just so terrible on the console, I have to wait for the PC versions. GTA5 was so much better on the PC. And the mods make the game last a lot longer. It will be interesting to see what they mod for this game. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before it turns in Cowboys vs Aliens.

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draugris

I guess i wait until December when it is available on Steam

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G0dl355

Day 1 purchase, there’s literally no good cowboy games on PC.

Keyword good.

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John Kiser

There are a few that are good, but there haven’t been any recent ones. The Call of Juarez games were pretty solid, but it has been at least 6 1/2 years since the last one came out.

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rafael12104

RDR 2 on the PC. The way it was meant to be. So, I’ll go ahead and block of November as busy now.

Yeah, and I don’t care which storefront it comes from. Epic, Rockstar, Gamestop, whatever. Steam is a little late to the party and that has to hurt.

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wratts

So kicking myself. Literally last weekend I decided I’d waited long enough for the announcement and bought a used PS4 disk . .

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2Ton Gamer

The clues were there and have been for over a month. Sorry but I’ve been a day 1 PS4 player and it’s been a blast!

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Mewmew

We did know they were submitting something new with Red Dead Redemption 2 to ratings boards, though they were good at hiding what it really was, the general consensus from Reddit speculators was that it was RDR2 PC.

I think the biggest giveaway was them giving away free games on PC to get people to download the Rockstar Launcher. Back when we got the announcement about them promoting the Rockstar Launcher here just this past month, I made a comment about how that seemed like the biggest clue that RDR2 PC was coming soon because they’d want to keep as much profit as possible and try to get people to get the game through their launcher if at all possible. So they’d want to get people to install it and use it a bit before the RDR2 PC launch.

We always knew it was “when” and not “if” but that I really felt that launcher thing was a huge giveaway that it was coming soon.

While there could have been a different new game coming on PC that we didn’t know about that made them want to promote their launcher on PC, all signs pointed towards it being RDR2.

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Mewmew

Yeah, that Rockstar launcher free games promotion happening recently (to get more people on PC to get their launcher) was a prelude to the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC launch. Exactly like it seemed it was.

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Drago

They couldn’t just say yes it’s coming to PC. No, so I’ll wait for the sale!!

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2Ton Gamer

The preorder really is a great deal. I have been playing for a while now and have been grateful that I went with the best edition because of all of the goodies I got and the PC preorder has even better stuff.

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Mewmew

Did they need to say yes? We all knew it was coming. Everybody everywhere knew it would come eventually. It was *always* a matter of “when” and not “if”.

They didn’t want to cut into their huge GTA Online PC profits announcing it. If they announced it, people may have stopped spending as much money in GTA Online on PC because they planned to switch to a similar experience in RDR Online soon. If they kept it secret, people would keep spending in GTA Online and then still spend again anyway when RDR Online came out. That really is it.

In fact, they may have waited even longer considering the money GTA Online for PC is still making. We’re lucky they even are releasing it this year.

They felt like they would have been shooting themselves in the profits to announce it earlier, but the truth is we all did know it was coming even if they wouldn’t admit it.

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agemyth 😩

Glad to see it isn’t PC game store exclusive anywhere. I really expected it exclusive to Rockstar’s store or Epic, but a 1 month-ish delayed release for the Steam version is much more tolerable than a full year.

I don’t even tend to like Rockstar games, but I can still agree that it was a bummer it took this long to get a Red Dead game on PC (Revolver doesn’t count).

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agemyth 😩

Oops, Red Dead Revolver never got a PC port either!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Awesome

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Michael18

Will be interesting to see whether the Steam version will be a true Steam version or require the Rockstar launcher (as with Ubi’s games).

In any case, as I said before, I have some understanding for large developers / publishers creating their own launchers for their own games. What I dislike about Epic so much, is that they are snatching games of others and make them exclusive to their launcher.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

You should probably expect to have the Rockstar Launcher installed when installing RDR2 through Steam. They already changed the GTAV Steam version to do exactly that.