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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC launch has not gone smoothly

Red Dead Redemption 2 released on Steam yesterday and it looks like Rockstar Games has made little to no efforts to improve the title since its Epic and Rockstar launch. The game is struggling to maintain 60 FPS on PC and suffers from random crashes, black screens, and much more. The PC port has mixed reviews on Steam right now and it only has 20K players on Steam at the time of this writing, for a Rockstar AAA game that is unusually low.

On its first night on Steam, Red Dead Redemption 2 peaked at just under 12,000 concurrent players. Fortunately for Rockstar, this number doubled to 24,000 by Friday. Despite this, it still means that fewer people are playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on Steam right now than are playing Civilization VI, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Monster Hunter World, or even Terraria. In fact, it’s less than a quarter of the number of people who are playing Grand Theft Auto V right now, a game which is now almost five years old.

Like Grand Theft Auto V, RDR2 on Steam runs Rockstar’s own Games Launcher as a vital step of the launch process. The Steam release brings a new Rockstar Games Launcher problem caused by having previously linked your Steam account to a Rockstar Social Club account you no longer have access to. The game will be attached to that Rockstar account, not letting you play if you can’t log into it, and god help you if you trip a security lockdown while trying to remember a years-old password. In addition, if you are looking for a Cheap Red Dead Redemption 2 Gold Bars seller, visit 5mmo.com, a professional online in-game currency store.

The fact it’s got to boot through the Rockstar Games Launcher regardless of where you buy it kind of makes the original storefront moot anyway. Why wait an entire month just add another layer through which Red Dead 2 must boot? It takes a special kind of loyalty to Steam to see it through to the bitter end.

With so many factors at play it's almost impossible to determine exactly what's going on here but this certainly isn't the huge launch we've come to expect from Rockstar. Millions of copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 may have been sold through the Rockstar Launcher and EGS for all we know, or the performance reports could've scared folks off.