Red Dead Redemption 2 Moseys onto PC in November

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Rockstar Games announced that last year’s high-profile sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC on November 5. Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming first to Rockstar’s own Rockstar Launcher, as well as the Epic Games Store before releasing on Steam a month later in December.

Red Dead Redemption 2 presents a gorgeous open world western, and the PC version goes even further with new graphical enhancements that increase draw distance, provide higher quality lightning, and improved textures. The PC version will also offer HDR and 4K support, as well as multi-monitor and widescreen setups.

These enhancements come with a beefy cost. Here are the recommended PC specs for Red Dead Redemption 2:

  • OS:  Windows 10
  • Processor:  Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • Memory:  12GB
  • Graphics Card:  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD Space:  150GB

The PC version also adds new story content, including three new bounty hunter missions, two new gang hideouts, two new treasure maps, and several new weapons, horses, and trinkets.

Pre-orders are available now. If you pre-order before October 22 (via Rockstar Launcher) you will also receive a free upgrade to Special or Ultimate Edition, several digital goodies like Gold Bars for Red Dead Online, and two free Rockstar Games titles from the following list:

  • Grand Theft Auto 3
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
  • Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition

Red Dead Redemption 2 released in fall 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s coming November 5 on PC (Rockstar Launcher, Epic Games Store) and on Steam in December. It’s rated M for Mature.

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Red Dead Online Beta Saddlin’ Up This Week

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A major part of Red Dead Redemption 2 is the multiplayer component, called Red Dead Online. Like Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games had delayed the multiplayer until about a month after launch. Now we know the details of how the beta will roll out this week.

This week Red Dead Online will first be available in beta form to those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Tuesday, November 27, at 8:30 am Eastern/11:30 am Pacific.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the beta will open up to everyone who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day (Oct. 26). After that, anyone who played within the first three days of release (through Oct. 29) can join in beginning on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The beta will fully open to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on Friday, Nov. 30.

This staggered roll out allows Rockstar to steadily increase the server load over the week, though if history is any indication, expect large server woes to accompany your multiplayer cowboy sojourns. As per the official online beta description, “As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch. 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.”

Red Dead Online is freely available to anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 – though you’ll still need either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play online.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s rated M for Mature.

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God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 Top The Game Awards Nominations

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The Game Awards has revealed the list of nominees in each of the 22 categories for 2018. God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 lead the pack with an astounding eight nominations each. In total over 100 games and people have been nominated. The Game Awards will air on December 6 in Los Angeles, CA, and streamed live online.

Rockstar Games doesn’t release many games, but when they do, they tend to make a bit of a splash in the industry. In addition to Game of the Year Red Dead Redemption 2 is up for Best Action/Adventure, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, and Best Performance for Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan.

God of War was an incredibly successful sequel to the long-running franchise. It features an older Kratos shepherding his son through a world of Norse mythology. It’s up for all of the exact same categories, with the Best Performance nod to Christopher Judge as Kratos.

The Game of the Year category has been expanded to six games (previously five). Celesete, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter: World, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey make up the other games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won the Game of the Year award at last year’s The Game Awards.

Anyone can vote for their favorite games in each category, once every 24 hours. We’ve listed some of the big categories below.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Winners will be announced during the live show on Dec. 6.