Red Dead Redemption 2’s Lackluster PC Sales

Red Dead Redemption 2 is struggling with its PC sales numbers. (Credit: Rockstar Games)

On console, Red Dead Redemption 2 sold as well as expected for a major release from Rockstar Games. Since its PC port back in Nov., it has been not what the developer would hope for with its sequel to its 2010 Western, which did not launch or transfer over to the PC market. Since coming out on the Epic Games Store and Rockstar Games Launcher then being available on Steam earlier this month, the open-world title has sold 408,000 units on Epic’s online store.

Superdata revealed these sales figures, which fall far below other releases on the launcher. Borderlands 3 released this past Sept. and sold 1.78 million copies, but let’s keep in mind that this launched alongside consoles and the third entry of the cel-shaded looter shooter is still not on Steam until April 2020.

The best selling 10 games of Nov. had no sight of the horses and cowboy hats; instead, the PC leader was League of Legends. Following the MOBA is Dungeons Fighter Online, Crossfire, Fantasy Westward Journey Online II, and World of Warcraft West. Looking towards Xbox and PlayStation, the same results can be seen as Red Dead is not on that list either. The top five out of 10 consists of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20, and NBA 2K20.

RDR2 has had plenty of issues, especially on PC. Players could not get on through Rockstar’s launcher, and other technical difficulties came about when playing the game. The year gap between releases could also be a factor, but since the first title never came to PC, it is confusing that eager cowboys and girls did not hop on the saddle with their keyboards and mice.

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Rockstar’s latest AAA release has done well on Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, with the addition of the PC release totalling up to 26 million copies sold.

Constant updates are being made to Red Dead Online, and with the help of Steam, there is hope for the Wild West to be a home for PC gamers. The Moonshiner content recently arrived, and some Christmas fun is coming. We will have to wait and see what the future holds, and we will be sure to let you know if anything changes.

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What do you think about the struggle RDR2 has faced on PC? Do you have hope that it will turn out, okay? Let us know all of your thoughts on the matter in the comments.

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