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Rockstar Games has officially confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC and will be released on November 5, 2019. Rumors of a PC version have been floating around for a while now, but Rockstar and parent company Take-Two executives have been very coy in discussions about it.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available through several different PC retailers, but not Steam, at least initially. Pre-orders will begin through the Rockstar Games Launcher on October 9 and will include special bonuses. Pre-orders begin on October 23 through Epic Games Store, Green Man Gaming, Humble Store, GameStop, and other retailers.
In June 2019, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said launching Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC would be a “layup.” He added, “There is no downside to releasing the game on PC.”
The first Red Dead Redemption was not released for PC and this was somewhat of a sore spot for Rockstar Games fans on PC. However, given the massive success of Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as the fact that it has an expansive multiplayer mode in Red Dead Online, a PC release for the sequel has felt like an inevitability.
Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s previous release, was also made available on PC well after the initial console launch. Its accompanying multiplayer game, GTA Online, has been incredibly lucrative and both Rockstar and Take-Two will no doubt be hoping Red Dead Online performs similarly.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has shipped over 24 million copies, making it one of the most commercially successful games in history. Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 are also two of the best selling PS4 games of this generation, according to NPD.