After a month of exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 will be galloping over to Steam next week. Set for a December 5 release, there won't be anything new or extra with this version. This is merely a release on another platform for players that don't want to buy through Epic (or Rockstar's own launcher).
Heralded as one of the best games ever made, the PC port of RDR2 hasn't gotten off to the best start. Players have reported numerous issues with crashing, texture glitches, and general jankiness that is atypical for a Rockstar Games production. Considering Grand Theft Auto V runs damn well on the platform, it really doesn't make sense why a newer version of the same engine should be suffering so many issues.
Still, a month after release will likely mean the Steam version launches with fewer problems. You could almost look at the Epic version as the "early access" release, with Steam users benefitting from the testing that players were put through. It's hard to say if Rockstar rushed the game out, though that is pretty unlikely. It was over a year later when the game finally came to PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC is coming to Steam on December 5 pic.twitter.com/IBi3zIcAZE— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) November 27, 2019
What's curious is that Rockstar isn't talking price for the Steam version. It's unlikely that the game won't be $59.99, but Steam titles tend to launch with a small discount. Rockstar doesn't really need to deal in that because of their popularity (Grand Theft Auto V didn't really go on sale on Steam for nearly two years), but a small savings could make up for the short delay.
At any rate, it will be curious to see how much better RDR2 does on Steam versus Epic -or if it will be the other way around-. Because of the clout Rockstar has, Epic likely couldn't refuse release on Steam like it has done with indie titles. If this massive of a game manages to be more successful on Epic, it could set a precedent for other games jumping ship from Steam.
None of that matters in the moment, though. For now, we should be celebrating that more people will finally have the chance to experience Arthur Morgan's tale. Be sure to keep an eye out for the game when it does finally release.