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Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 cover
Developers
Rockstar Games[1]
Engines
RAGE[2]
Release dates
Windows November 5, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 93
OpenCritic 96
IGDB 94
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Currency, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend, Boost
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Western
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Red Dead Redemption 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person and first-person action and open world game.

The game was originally released for consoles on October 26, 2018. It was released on PC on November 5, 2019 via Epic Games Store and Rockstar Games Launcher, followed by it becoming available on Steam one month later. The PC version features graphical and technical improvements, as well as additional in-game content.[3][4]

General information

Official support page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
GamersGate
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Red Dead Online and Ultimate Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Rockstar Games Launcher DRM.

Version differences

Red Dead Online is available as a standalone version of the multiplayer mode of the main game.
Ultimate Edition includes all Special Edition content, and the following for Red Dead Online: bonus outfits & free Survivor Camp Theme, Black Chestnut Thoroughbred, free access to additional weapons, and rank bonuses.
Pre-orders through Rockstar Games platforms included the Outlaw Survival Kit, War Horse, Treasure Map, Cash Bonus for Story Mode, 50 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online, and Rockstar games of choice.[Note 1][5]
Pre-purchasing through other stores granted 25 Gold Bars for Red Dead Online.
Special Edition included the following Story Mode content: Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout, Dappled Black Thoroughbred, Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit, Talismans & Medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses & discounts, and free access to additional weapons.

Monetization

Microtransactions

Type Notes
Boost XP boosts are available in Red Dead Online as part of the premium version of the in-game battle pass system known as The Outlaw Pass, purchasable with Gold Bars.[6]
Currency Gold Bars are the premium currency of Red Dead Online, purchasable with real money. It can be used to buy many early item unlocks and exclusive items in the game.[7]
Free-to-grind Gold Bars can be earned through normal play by completing daily quests and other activities in Red Dead Online.[7]
Infinite spend Gold Bars can be purchased infinitely in Red Dead Online, though only up to 500 will be displayed in-game at any given time.[8]

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use modified files to skip intro videos[9]
  1. Download the Legal Screen Skip mod.
  2. Unpack the archive and copy the files to <path-to-game>.
Limits online matchmaking to the pool of other users of the mod.[10]
Use mods to skip intro videos and main menu to load into story mode immediately
  1. Download the Main and Legal Menu Skip mod.
  2. Extract the x64 folder from the zip file.
  3. Put the x64 folder in your game directory. <path-to-game>
  4. The file explorer will say that there is a x64 folder in the game directory and ask if you want to merge the folder, click yes.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1174180/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Profiles\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1174180/pfx/[Note 2]
One autosave slot and 15 manual save slots are available.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Supports save game files syncing with the Rockstar Games cloud.[11]

Video

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, pillarboxed elements.[12][13]
Use related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+ gameplay, windowboxed cinematics, various pillarboxed scenes, the UI can look different between fullscreen and not at resolutions that are not 16:9.[Note 3]
Use related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
[15]
Field of view (FOV)
Sliders with 11 positions for the third person and first person views.
Use the related PCGW community tool for further FOV adjustment.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA Medium/High (sharpening slider available), FXAA toggle, up to 8x MSAA (separate options for game as a whole as well as reflections) and SSAA through Resolution Scale option.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.2, FSR 2.0
[16][17]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Includes Half refresh rate and separate Triple buffering options.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Cinematic and Game HDR modes available. Game mode delivers full HDR capabilities. Cinematic mode appears washed out and desaturated as it is just SDR at maximum brightness.[18][19]
Peak Brightness and Paper White calibration settings are available.[20][21]

HDR needs to be enabled in Windows before starting the game for the options to appear.[22]
HDR is only functional while in fullscreen mode.[23]
Color blind mode
Protanopia, Deuteranopia or Tritanopia.

Input

Keyboard and Mouse settings
Keyboard and Mouse settings
Key remapping options [Note 4]
Key remapping options [Note 4]
Controller settings
Controller settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Key Mapping option appears within Keyboard & Mouse settings only at gameplay.
Up to two keys per action. Home is reserved for the Rockstar Launcher's overlay and cannot be bound to commands.
Mouse acceleration
Adjustable Mouse Smoothing with 3 positions.[Note 5]
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sliders with 21 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
[26]
Controller remapping
12 presets for each view.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders with 15 positions for the third person and first person Look and Aim.[27] Acceleration and Dead Zone adjustment.
Controller Y-axis inversion
[27]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
[27]
Xbox button prompts
[27]
Impulse Trigger vibration
Use X1nput.[28]
DualShock 4 controllers
[29]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
[27]
Haptic feedback
Vibration toggle.[27] No native support for DS4 controllers.[30]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[27]

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Score, Dialogue Balance, and Voice Chat.
Surround sound
Presets for distance between front and between rear speakers.[31]
Subtitles
Options to limit to Mission Only and to toggle Speaker Name display.
Closed captions
[32]
Mute on focus lost
As the Pause Game on Focus Loss toggle within the Graphics settings.
Online mode is unaffected.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Game language is tied to that of the launcher, selectable through its settings.[33]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
[34]
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Turkish
Unofficial professional translation, Anonymous Çeviri.

Network

General settings
General settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
32 Co-op, Versus
Up to 4 players in co-op.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Use RedM.
Self-hosting
Use RedM.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[35]
UDP 6672, 61455, 61457, 61456, 61458
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported profile, see here.

Issues fixed

Incorrect resolution at launch

The game may start at an incorrect resolution, resulting in out-of-screen elements and inability to reach the graphics settings.[36][37]
Use the -width and -height command line arguments[38]
  1. Go to Settings within the Rockstar Games Launcher.
  2. Click on Red Dead Redemption 2 under My installed games.
  3. Add -width 1920 -height 1080 as Launch arguments or change the width and height values as desired.

Incorrect UI scaling at wide resolutions

In-game UI elements including the HUD, map and menu screens might scale incorrectly at ultra-wide and multi-monitor resolutions.[39]
This might have been fixed by patch 1.31, though it remains to be tested.[citation needed]
Set Screen Type to Windowed Borderless in the Graphics settings.[40]
Edit a config file to center the HUD or set the horizontal safezone to any percentage[41]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the file that starts with 400042567_ in a text editor.
  3. Locate the line <Item key="7014661855" type="rage__fwuiValueFloat">
  4. On the next line, modify the float value to the desired percentage of the safezone (e.g. 0.33 for 33%).
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Right-click the file and select Properties.
  7. Check the Read-only box to prevent the game from making permanent changes to it.
Changing Screen type or going into the HUD Safezone menu will reset the changes until the game is restarted.
Use a Cheat Table to center the HUD at 48:9[42]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the cheat table.
  3. Launch Cheat Engine and the game.
  4. From the File menu of Cheat Engine, click on Open Process.
  5. Select the game process and click on Open.
  6. From the File menu, click on Load (Ctrl+O).
  7. Locate the downloaded cheat table and click on Open.
  8. Check the Active box in the bottom area of Cheat Engine to activate the fix.
  9. Adjust the horizontal safezone in the game to have it set to 33%.

Alt-Tabbing out of fullscreen mode enables borderless window

Under some circumstances, alt-tabbing out of fullscreen mode resets the game to borderless window.[43]
Press Alt-Enter to toggle and re-enable fullscreen

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Vulkan 1.1 [Note 6]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Euphoria
Cutscenes Bink Video

Command line arguments

Command Notes
-cpuLoadRebalancing Rebalances workload on the CPU cores - used to avoid in-game stalling.[44]
-ignorepipelinecache Prevents the game from using the sga_ / pipelineCache files, which may solve the "ERR_GFX_STATE" error for some.[45]
-noDPIAdjust Aims to address aspect ratio issues experienced by AOC AG241QX monitor users.[46]
-scofflineonly Disables the Social Club online functionality in the game.[47]
-safemode Starts the game with minimum settings for troubleshooting.[47]
-width X Sets the game display width to X.[47]
-height Y Sets the game display height to Y.[47]
-fullscreen Forces the game to launch in fullscreen mode.[48]
-windowed Forces the game to launch in windowed mode.[48]
-borderless Forces the game to launch in borderless windowed mode.[48]
-frameLimit Limits framerate.[48]
-useMaximumSettings Sets all graphics settings to the highest quality.[48]
-rglLanguage changes language depending on the code used after, example en-US for english, or es-ES for spanish; an equals sign must be placed before the language code without any spaces in between.[49]
-ignoreDifferentVideoCard Prevents resetting of the system.xml config upon a graphics card change.
-processPriorityClass <class>_PRIORITY_CLASS Sets game process priority to given priority class (can be IDLE, BELOW_NORMAL, NORMAL, ABOVE_NORMAL or HIGH), e.g. -processPriorityClass HIGH_PRIORITY_CLASS[48]
Arguments listed on the "Available Command Lines for GTAV on PC" page may also work in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Game progress overview online

Red Dead Redemption 2 overview on Rockstar Games Social Club
Detailed personal progress tracking including actual time played, per-mission information, challenges, achievements, compendium entries, and player statistics in the Story and Online modes.
Allows browsing through the in-game store catalogue and order items without launching the game.

Mods

Prerequisites

Lenny's Mod Loader

Provides an easy way to modify the game and also includes full UI support.

Alexander Blade's ScriptHookRDR2

Script Hook is a library that allows to use the game's native script functions in custom *.asi plugins.

Fixes

Toggle Run On Keyboard Fix

This mod allow pressing shift to toggle between run/walk for a smooth transition, like on consoles.
Requires Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

First Person Walk Fix

Makes first person walking more in pair with the third person counterpart.
Requires Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

Valentine Hotel Room Lighting Fix

Fixes too dark lighting of the hotel room in Valentine when using the wardrobe.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Improvements

1.00 on PC & 1.00 Fitment

Restores console 1.00 version lighting and textures.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Advanced Game Settings

Adds various locked graphics effects not available in the vanilla version to in-game menus.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader and Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

John Marston Restoration Project

Restores John Marston's original hair, head, and body models, as well as including fixes to clothes.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

John Marston Animation Overhaul

Restores John's beta animations and adds some Red Dead Redemption (1) style animations, including fixes to the vanilla animations.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

John Marston Facial Animation Overhaul

Fixes John Marston's facial expressions and makes them more accurate to the Red Dead Redemption (1) counterpart.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Arthur Morgan Outfit Overhaul

Modifies Arthur Morgan's outfits to make them darker and more in pair with artworks and leaked beta screenshots.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Bass Dragon's Euphoria Ragdoll Overhaul (BDERO)

Improves ragdoll physics by combining physics engine calls from other Rockstar's games to make them more realistic.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.

Better Keybinds

Allows to interact with In-Game Menus using WASD.

Graphics

TAA blur fix

Edits TAA values to reduce blurring and ghosting issues.
May cause more shimmering and aliasing.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader.
Not required with DLSS.

Potato

Performance Boost for Potato PC

Unlocks more options in Advanced Settings tailored for potato PCs and offers 2 optional files to disable shadows, fog and reflections.
Requires Lenny's Mod Loader and Alexander Blade's ScriptHook.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1 (6.1.7601)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K
AMD FX-6300
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
AMD Radeon R9 280
2 GB (Nvidia), 3 GB (AMD) of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Two for pre-orders before October 22, 2019, or one of the following:
    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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1174180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1174180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. Real time cutscenes, FMVs and dialogue scenes are windowboxed. The photo mode, loading screens, some menu screens and character interactions are pillarboxed.[14]
  4. Shown here partially. The actual scrollable in-game list contains over 100 actions in the following categories: Common, In-Game Camera, On Foot, On Horse, Wagons, Boats and Trains, Combat, Lock-On and Interact, In-Game Menus, Radar, Inventory, Activities, Photo Mode, Portable Camera, and Online Gameplay.
  5. Reported to result in more responsive mouse behavior.[24][25]
  6. vulkan-1.dll version 1.1.108 as of November 13, 2019.

References

  1. The Story Behind the Story of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ - last accessed on 2019-10-23
    "As “Red Dead Redemption 2” wrapped up, it did so with a singular group not distinguished as Rockstar North or Rockstar Lincoln, but simply as Rockstar Games."
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2's state-of-the-art technology analysed • Eurogamer.net
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2 system requirements and PC features revealed - last accessed on 2019-11-02
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2: NVIDIA’s Recommended GPUs For 60+ FPS Gameplay - last accessed on 2019-11-04
  5. Red-Dead-Redemption-2-Coming-to-PC-November-5th
  6. Red Dead Online Outlaw Pass and Rewards - last accessed on 2020-12-08
  7. 7.0 7.1 Red Dead Online gold bars: How Microtransactions work and what you can get - last accessed on 2020-12-08
  8. Rockstar Support: Purchased Gold Bars not arriving in Red Dead Online - last accessed on 2020-12-08
  9. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-10
  10. Legal Screen Skip Bugs - last accessed on 2019-12-09
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Removing the local files and launching the game resulted in a conflict prompt that allowed to successfully download the files from the cloud.
  12. Triple is the only way to go. 5760x1080. Brutalizes my 2080Ti but looks and plays awesome. - last accessed on 2019-11-10
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at a custom 5760x1080 resolution in the windowed modes within the game.
  14. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested at the native 2560x1080 monitor resolution.
  15. Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC Now Available to Pre-Purchase via the Rockstar Games Launcher - last accessed on 2019-10-10
  16. Earn Your Blood Money Across a Series of Daring Robberies - last accessed on 2021-07-13
  17. RDR2 Title Update 1.31 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / PC) - last accessed on 2022-09-06
  18. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-27
    Tested on HDR monitor
  19. [4K HDR] Red Dead Redemption 2 HDR Fix Tested! Plus Graphics 'Downgrade' Analysis - last accessed on 2022-11-27
  20. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-07-06
    Tested on an HDR TV.
  21. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-27
    Tested on HDR monitor, both options available, peak brightness locked in cinematic mode, of course because it sets it at maximum in SDR range
  22. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-27
    Tested on HDR monitor, both DX12 and Vulkan
  23. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-27
    Not working in (borderless) windowed mode, only when in fullscreen mode, checked with monitor UI, monitor is HDR-capable. For both DX12 and Vulkan.
  24. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC) - Mouse smoothing - low versus high - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  25. Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC Review - last accessed on 2019-11-13
  26. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-06
    Navigated through every menu including Social Club and toggled every setting, then played through the first part of the game only with an Xbox 360 controller.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    Tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  28. How to activate the impulse triggers in RDR2
  29. PS4 controller for PC - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  30. Controller vibrations not working. - last accessed on 2019-11-22
  31. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-05
    The game produced positional audio on a 5.1 sound system.
  32. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-06
    Sound effects such as horse or violin sounds are not captioned.
  33. How to Change the Subtitles Language in Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC - last accessed on 2019-11-05
  34. Verified by User:Rose on 2019-12-05
    Portugues do Brasil is the only version of the language available within the Rockstar Games Launcher.
  35. Red Dead Online PC Connection Troubleshooting - last accessed on 2020-12-08
  36. I cannot access the settings to change my resolution. - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  37. Resolution issue (PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-07
  38. RDR2 Errors - Exited Unexpectedly, Stuck on Updating Launcher, Audio issues, freezing, poor performance - last accessed on 2019-11-06
  39. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-01-14
    Experienced for the first time at 2560x1080 after the January 14, 2020 update.
  40. RDR2 - Map is compressed on 5760x1080 - last accessed on 2019-11-08
  41. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-05-28
    Tested and adapted the instructions shared on the community site
  42. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-05-26
  43. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-27
    Every time while running in fullscreen mode and alt-tab out of the game, the game reverts to borderless windowed mode, with both DX12 as well as Vulkan.
  44. RDR2 Title Update 1.14 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / PC) - last accessed on 2019-11-14
  45. Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC crashing with ERR_GFX_STATE error - last accessed on 2019-12-15
  46. RDR2 Title Update 1.17 Notes (PS4 / Xbox One / PC) - last accessed on 2020-02-21
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 Verified by User:Rose on 2019-11-09
    Verified as working.
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 48.5 Verified by User:Infogram on 2019-11-20
    Verified working with latest Nov. 19th update.
  49. Verified by User:Wolfinston on 2021-02-20
    Verified as working, example: -rglLanguage=en-US.