PC owners might have to put up with yet another game launcher as Rockstar have just released their own installer. Technically it’s a re-branded version of the Rockstar Social Club but it is significant because of a game leak from Australia.
Last month the Australian Classification board, which regulates which games can be released in the territory, had banned a game no one knew existed, and it was from Rockstar.
The game was called Bonaire and was refused classification in 19th July 2019. There’s no indication at the time as to what the game is about, or indeed if it is a full game, it could be DLC for Red Dead 2 or Grand Theft Auto Online, but those have a MA15+ rating in Australia so it would be odd that DLC for the games did not receive the same ratings.
However, since then it has been discovered the game was in fact the PC version of Red Dead Redemption II. The game was later submitted under it’s correct title but failed again, possibility due to the built in editor that could be used to make unsavoury videos.
So, a freshly re-branded Rockstar Game Launcher, Red Dead Redemption II on PC, can you see where this is going?
Steam’s 30% cut of profits has pushed many publishers over to the Epic Game Store, and sales on there have been strong which shows PC owners, despite their protests, are happy to use more than one store. Rockstar already sell their own games online so why not make Red Dead Redemption II exclusive to the Rockstar Game Store?
There’s no official word on the PC version of Red Dead Redemption II even existing at the moment but we expect an announcement in the coming weeks. If you do feel like downloading the launcher you can get Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for free for a limited time.
“From the feeling of a realistic living world they’ve created to the emotional bonds you build, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the video game experience of this generation,” we said in our review of red Dead 2.