'Red Dead Redemption II' announced for PC, Stadia launch November 5

Archive image: The PC version of 'Red Dead Redemption 2' will feature graphical and technical enhancements in comparison with the console versions

Console exclusive no more, Wild West action adventure game "Red Dead Redemption 2" will launch on PC early November 2019, just over a year after its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One debut.

It's not an Epic Games Store exclusive, but it will be on the "Fortnite" company's storefront before arriving on Steam.

"Red Dead Redemption 2," from the "Grand Theft Auto" company Rockstar Games, will be launching on EGS as well as Rockstar's newly debuted PC game app, the Rockstar Games Launcher, from November 5.

There's a considerable incentive to buy through the Rockstar Games Launcher too.

Between October 9 and October 22, those that buy "Red Dead Redemption 2" in advance through the Rockstar Games Launcher can also receive two of six other Rockstar games for free.

The six titles in question are "Grand Theft Auto III," "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," "Bully: Scholarship Edition," "L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition," and "Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition."

In-game pre-order bonuses appear to be more generous and the price of various special editions lower through the Rockstar desktop app as well.

Then, from October 23, pre-orders will go live through Rockstar's Epic Games Store, Humble Store, GameStop, and other retailers; not Epic's big PC gaming rival, though, in a familiar tale of timed exclusivity, as "Red Dead Redemption 2" won't be available on Steam until December.

It'll also be available to play through Google Stadia when the online game streaming service launches in November for those that are purchasing a US $129 Founders' Pack to access its Stadia Pro tier early.

A free Rockstar Games Launcher giveaway of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which began mid-September, will last until October 8.

"Red Dead Redemption 2," set in Wild West USA, was considered one of the best games of the year when it launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in October 2018.

An online multiplayer mode complemented the single-player storyline when it launched a month later.

PC players had previously waited five months between the launch of Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto V" on PS4 and XBO and its eventual release on PC, or a year and a half after its original debut on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Unlike the console versions, the PC editions can be easily modified, in the right hands; the "Grand Theft Auto" modding community is known for visual upgrades as well as for inserting replacement player characters into the games' cities.

However, through the Rockstar Games Launcher, Rockstar is likely to have even greater access to player data and habits, and greater control over online mods, hacks, and cheats, at least as far as official servers are concerned.