Looks like the wild west is finally coming to beefy gaming rigs around the world. Rockstar Games announced this morning that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming to PC via several storefronts on November 5, and will also be a launch title for Google Stadia.
The original Red Dead Redemption never made its way to consoles, but despite that, hopes have been high for Red Dead 2's chances. It seemed especially promising given the launch of Rockstar's own game launcher for the platform.
Despite its launch on the Rockstar platform, Rockstar says Red Dead Redemption 2 will also be coming to several other PC storefronts, including Epic Games Store, Greenman Gaming, Humble Store, GameStop, and additional digital retailers. It will also come to Steam, but at a later date in December.
The benefit for picking up this western romp on Rockstar's platform is that they're offering a free pick from a smattering of old Rockstar titles. If you pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Rockstar Games Launcher before October 22, you can get two free games from among the following:
- Grand Theft Auto 3
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
- May Payne 3: The Complete Edition
You'll also automatically get the Premium edition of Red Dead 2 on Rockstar, which comes with a bunch of in-game goodies for both the game's story mode and Red Dead Online. Red Dead Redemption 2 will also be a launch title for Google Stadia when it launches sometime next month.
Considering the second life that Grand Theft Auto 5 found on PC, via dedicated role-players on PC servers in GTA Online, I'm interested to see what this means for not just Red Dead Redemption 2, but Red Dead Online. Rockstar is teasing a wide range of graphical and technical enhancements for PC players, which makes sense given the gaming rigs players are likely to have, but it will also include free access to Red Dead Online. It'll be interesting to see how players engage with it, and whether it'll get the same influx of interest that GTA Online had.