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Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on Stadia and PC in November

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Red Dead Redemption 2 will make its way to PC and Stadia. 

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After much speculation about its release date, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available on PCs on Nov. 5 and will be a launch title for Google Stadia later that month. Steam fans, however, will have to wait until December to buy it. 

Rockstar Games revealed earlier this month the PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The new version of the Western-themed open-world game will come with improved graphics and more content including bounty hunting missions, gang hideouts, weapons and more. 

The news that the game will be a launch title for Stadia, Google's cloud-gaming service, was a surprise. Stadia will go live on Nov 19. 

Rockstar uploaded an 8K, 60fps trailer on Oct. 17 showing off the upgraded graphics available on the PC version of the game. 

The developer also released the PC specs on its website:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB 
  • HDD Space: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Recommended Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 - April 2018 Update (v1803)
  • 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
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Rockstar said the story mode in the newest version of the game will include three new bounties, two gang hideouts, two treasure maps and a new mission called "To The Ends of The Earth." There are also four more weapons, several horses and five new trinkets. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-purchases -- which means you pay in full immediately -- will start Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. PT and run through Oct. 22 on the Rockstar Games Launcher. Those who buy the game during this time period will also receive two previously released Rockstar titles for free.

The games include:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • 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 

The Rockstar Games Launcher came out in September and included a free copy of GTA: San Andreas for those who installed it. 

Preorders -- which means you don't get charged until the item ships -- for Red Dead Redemption 2 will start Oct. 23 at the Epic Games store, Greenman Gaming, Humble Store, GameStop and other digital retailers, with a 25 gold bar bonus. (That's the in-game currency for Red Dead Online.) Gamers who want to buy the game on Steam will have to wait until December. 

Originally published on Oct. 4.
Update, Oct. 17: Adds new trailer and specs.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated when Stadia will launch. 

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