Red Dead Redemption 2's PC version arrived on Steam last month, launching to a player count that doesn't rival GTA 5's and multiple issues that led to mixed reviews.
Red Read Redemption 2's Steam launch wasn't particularly smooth, players still reporting various errors and issues with Rockstar's latest. Although it put out a number of patches since its initial PC launch last month, performance still seems to be unstable and varies quite wildly between machines.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Steam Player Count
Alongside performance issues, Red Dead Redemption 2 also fails to start or crashes frequently for some Steam users. Other players need to unplug their gamepad prior to launching the game and plug it back in for the game to launch successfully, because of how the title requires Rockstar Games Launcher in order to run.
All these woes saw Red Dead Redemption 2 launching to Mixed reviews on Steam, only recently managing to get up to Mostly Positive with 70% positive reviews.
As far as Red Dead Redemption 2's Steam player count goes, while the numbers aren't low by themselves, they're absolutely dwarfed by GTA V's. While concurrent players for Rockstar's western vary between the 30,000 and 40,000 mark, GTA V saw a bit over 360,000 concurrent players at its highest point.
Both games required Rockstar's launcher, but GTA V's release was not staggered. Red Dead Redemption 2 initially launched on PC on November 5 but only on Rockstar's launcher and the Epic Games Store.
While we don't have numbers for either of the two platforms, which could very much be where the majority of people are playing, seeing a relatively low player count on a platform as massive as Steam doesn't exactly paint the most rosiest of pictures for RDR2's launch on Steam. There's still plenty of time for it to pick up speed though, so perhaps it will improve as Rockstar releases more patches.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on PC through Steam, Epic Games Store and the Rockstar Launcher.