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Red Dead Redemption 2 Sets A New Steam High As GTA 6 Approaches


During a big sale, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Steam player count reaches a new high

We’re all waiting for the GTA 6 trailer, whether we like it or not. Ten years after the all-conquering GTA 5, the next Grand Theft Auto game is set to be officially unveiled in all its glory to the public in December. With a large Steam sale discount currently on offer, it’s Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 that is seeing a big boost right now, as players flood to the developer’s newest and most immersive world, setting a new RDR2 Steam player count record.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a magnificent recreation of the Old West wilderness with an almost impossible scope. It tells the story of aging cowboy Arthur Morgan coming to terms with his own place in the world as the notorious Van der Linde gang of which he is a member begins to unravel at the seams.

Slow and measured, perhaps to a fault at times, RDR2 remains one of the best-told stories I’ve encountered, and its sheer scope and beauty outclasses even Grand Theft Auto 5, The Elder Scrolls Skyrim, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as one of the best open-world games ever. In our Red Dead Redemption 2 review, we give it the elusive ten, naming it “Rockstar’s best game.”

With Rockstar Games announcing that the first GTA 6 trailer will be released in December, attention is naturally turning to the series’ previous entries, and RDR2 is unquestionably among them. Some players may want to relive that epic tale; others may simply want to revisit the world, perhaps aided by the addition of new hardware obtained from the best Black Friday deals; and still others may be experiencing it for the first time. 

When you combine that with a massive Steam sale that knocked two-thirds off the regular asking price, it’s easy to see why Red Dead Redemption 2 has set a new Steam player count record. According to Steam Charts, Saturday, November 25 saw a new all-time peak concurrent player count of 72,628, breaking the previous high of 70,787 set in January 2023. Those are some impressive numbers. I’ve thought about revisiting it myself.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is 67% off on Steam until Tuesday, November 28 if you want to do the same. Your copy will cost you only R329. 67 ($19.79 / £19.79). The ultimate edition is also 70% off, making it R449. 70 ($29.99 / £26.99) if you want all the extras.