We’re so damn close to the launch of the best crunchy cowboy sim that I can taste it, on PC that is. Red Dead Redemption 2 is mere weeks away, and people are very excited about this particular PC port. Of course the console versions of the latest AAA effort by Rockstar drew tons of praise for their beauty, but it looks like the PC version is pushing the boundary once again with awesome vistas and incredibly detailed worlds in this port. According to the company, they made use of “range of technical, graphical and performance enhancements” to make the game really shine like a new nickel badge. All of this effort is working to guarantee this game is “the ultimate version of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang’s open world epic,” at least that’s the hope.
There’s a whole host of graphical improvements built into this version of Red Dead Redemption 2, all aimed at making the whole experience really stand out. As Rockstar puts it the development team added “increased draw distances for better navigation; higher quality global illumination and ambient occlusion for improved day and night lighting; higher quality snow trails, improved reflections and deeper, higher resolution shadows at all distances; tessellated tree textures and improved grass and fur textures for added realism in every plant and animal.” To show off some of this stuff, Rockstar did release a trailer for the PC port, which can be seen below.
That’s a lot, and one has to wonder what kind of rig you’ll need to run this behemoth of a video game. And yes, it will be locked to the Rockstar Launcher, so hooray for more exclusivity. In all seriousness, the company did offer one bright spot in that sour announcement when they said that players who pre-order the game through its dedicated launcher would receive perks.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it will be coming to PC on November 5th. Watch the new trailer below.
A lot of gamers have been waiting for months to get their hands on this port. And true to form for Rockstar, they’ve certainly learned how to manipulate hype for the sake of their sales. The company made millions of gamers double dip for GTA 5 on PC, and it looks like this latest outing will have a very similar effect.
Sure, Red Dead Online doesn’t have the massive stable of content that GTA Online possesses, but it can certainly grow in the future. And it would be disastrous for Rockstar not to take advantage of that ravenous PC fanbase to rake in the cash.