Red Dead Redemption 2 is live now on PC in all regions.
The game, which launched last year on Xbox One and PS4, is fully optimized for PC, boasting up to 4K resolution and almost all the bells and whistles you could possibly desire, from multi-monitor support to a soon-to-be robust modding community.
Now you can play the story of Arthur and his band of misfits and killers the way God intended.
Here are five things you need to know before you buy.
1. The game is having some launch issues.
Some players are reporting problems getting the game to play on their PCs. One common issue is a crash with an “exited unexpectedly” error.
Other players don’t get the error message, but get booted to desktop. Whatever the case, you may or may not find yourself in a similar position at this point, until Rockstar issues a fix.
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2. The game isn’t on Steam–yet.
Right now you can get Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Epic Game Store or on Rockstar’s own brand new game launcher, but you won’t find it on Steam.
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Fortunately, if Steam is your platform of choice you’ll only have to wait until December when the game goes live on that service as well.
3. PC Requirements
You can make sure your rig is up to snuff by perusing the following requirements:
Note: Red Dead Redemption 2 does not have ray-tracing support at this time, though that could change down the road.
4. New Content
Along with a brand new Photo Mode, the single-player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC includes the following new content:
3 New Bounty Hunter Missions: Apprehend a trio of wanted fugitives – thief Herman Zizendorf, Ex-Confederate Officer Camille de Millemont and gang leader Bart Cavanaugh.
2 New Gang Hideouts: Take on the deadly Del Lobos gang at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon’s Folly.
2 New Treasure Maps: Hunt for treasures across the new Landmarks of Riches and The Elemental Trail maps for Gold Bars and other rewards.
New “To The Ends of The Earth” Mission
A host of new Weapons, Horses and Trinkets to collect.
That’s actually quite a lot of new content, which is a nice bonus for PC players who had to wait to buy, and who likely already purchased the game on PS4 or Xbox One.
5. Red Dead Online Is Included
This should come as no surprise, but Red Dead Online, the semi-MMOish live service portion of the game is included in the admission price. This online mode is where all the new content is released (don’t expect single-player DLC). This includes:
Frontier Pursuits: Carve your own path as a Bounty Hunter, Trader and Collector, each provide their own distinctive experiences where you can unlock new items, benefits and skills as you progress.
A Land of Opportunities: Multi-part, story-based cooperative missions for two to four players where you assist the recently widowed Jessica LeClerk and her right-hand man Horley in their quest for revenge against the men who killed her husband.
Free Roam Missions: Find Stranger icons throughout the map alone or with your Posse to embark on Free Roam Missions where you’ll encounter familiar faces from Story Mode and discover missions that can vary based on how noble or nefarious you are.
Showdown Modes: A series of competitive modes where players and teams compete in classic gunfights and objective-based endeavors like capturing territory or supplies.
Poker and More: Visit poker tables at towns and outposts across the map to participate in public or private games of Hold ‘Em. Plus, complete Daily Challenges to earn Gold Nuggets and XP, put your skills to the test against other players in competitive Free Roam Events, and more.
That’s all folks!
Will you be purchasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC? If you have already, are you experiencing any launch issues? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.
I have a copy of the game which I’ll be taking for a spin shortly–hopefully it launches okay! I’ll report back soon with my own impressions. Hopefully someone makes an anti-realism mod .