As we had hoped, there will be new, exclusive features for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, which is due to launch on Rockstar Games Launcher on the 5th of November. In addition, Rockstar have revealed the official system specifications for the game, and they're actually really reasonable, giving me increased hope of a well optimized PC port of the game.
Firstly, the new features; the PC version of the game will include a host of brand new activities, which include new missions, weapons and horses, which include;
There's one brand new main mission exclusive to the PC version, named "To The Ends of The Earth", and will see either Arthur Morgan or John Marston collect various herbs which can then be posted off for various rewards, similar to the dinosaur bones and other quests.
New Bounty Hunter Missions
- Herman Zizendorf is stealing tools from tradesmen in Blackwater, and it's up to you to hunt him down
- Camille de Millemont is wanted dead or alive, but his position as an Ex-Confederate Cavalry Officer means that you may face a significant force in your attempt to capture him.
- Bart Cavanaugh, wanted Dead or Alive, is hiding out in Big Valley. You'll need to avoid alerting his gang however if you want to capture him with minimal fuss.
New Gang Hidehouts
There is two new gang hideouts in the PC edition, which feature the Del Lobos hiding out at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon's Folly.
New Treasure Maps
There's two brand new treasure maps in the PC release, which will see you searching the Landmarks of Riches and The Elemental Trail maps for gold bars and other loot.
There's 5 brand new horses and 3 new variations on wild horses for the story mode in the PC version, and include;
- Warped Brindle Arabian: A fast and agile mount.
- Few Spot Appaloosa: Beautiful and hardy, ideal for cross-country journeys.
- Perlino Andalusian: A healthy, sturdy animal, ideal for hunting
- Red Chestnut Arabian: A fleet-footed beast with a distinctive coat
The wild horse variants include;
- Buttermilk Buckskin Kentucky Saddler
- Liver Chestnut Morgan
- Gold Palomino Tennessee Walker.
There's four new weapons in the game, which is pretty awesome, and include;
- M1889 Pistol - A new Semi-auto that has clip loaded ammunition
- Evans Repeater - A new, high capacity repeater that does feature currently but exclusive to Red Dead Online
- High Roller Revolver - An extravagantly decorated double-action revolver, also previously an Online exclusive
- Le Mat Revolver - a powerful revolver which shoots shotgun shells rather than traditional ammo, again previously exclusive to Red Dead Online
There's even five new trinkets, which include;
- Hawk Talon: Permanently decreases Stamina bar drain speed by 30% when drawing a bow
- Cat Eye: Permanently increases the length of Fortifying tonic effects by 20%
- Shark Tooth: Permanently increases horse bonding experience bonus by 10%
- Turtle Shell: Permanently increases health bar refill speed by 10%
- Crow Beak: Permanently increases looted ammo by 10%
In addition to all of the above, we also have the official minimum and recommended system specs for the game. The great news is that the minimum requirements only specify a GTX 770 or equivalent, and the recommended specs are set at a GTX 1060, which gives me real optimism that this game will run really well on decent specification rigs.
OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB HDD
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
OS: Windows 10 - April 2018 Update (v1803)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB HDD Space: 150GB
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Even better, there's also some graphical improvements over the console versions which PC gamers can enjoy if they have the specs, and these include;
- Increased draw distance
- "Higher quality" global illumination and ambient occlusion
- "Improved" snow trails
- "Improved" reflections and higher resolution shadows
- Tessellated tree textures
- "Improved" grass and fur textures
- HDR support
- Unlocked resolution (4K and higher)
- Ultrawide aspect ratio and multi-monitor support
- Unlocked framerate
So all in all, some really positive news here. I'd have liked to have seen a bit more meat in terms of additional quests to enjoy, but I am more than happy with the extra content on offer here. Rockstar also included a slew of 4K screenshots of the PC version in their press release, which we've embedded throughout the article, but we'll be bringing a full gallery to you later today.