Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of Rockstar’s most critically acclaimed games and is also immensely popular. Immediately after its release on Steam, the game reached an impressive all-time high of 55,269 concurrent players. However, it never managed to get that high again until today, as the game hit a new contemporary player record on Steam, almost three years after its PC release and four years after its initial release.
While Red Dead Redemption 2 may not be as popular as other of Rockstar’s titles, such as GTA V, which was on PlayStation’s October charts, it’s still a game that’s beloved by many. The game launched on November 27, 2018, making the western sandbox game four years old.
While PC gamers didn’t get to explore the open world for themselves until RDR2 arrived on PC on November 5th, 2019, almost a full year later, they’ve been making up for it ever since. With a lot of people having the weekend off, and the Steam Fall Sale offering a significant discount on the game, many players have decided to purchase the entry.
As a result, the game’s player count on Steam hit an all-time high over Thanksgiving weekend, making it the perfect way to celebrate the game’s anniversary. As arguably one of the best Western games, it’s no surprise that Rockstar’s cowboy epic is still popular. However, with the developer dwindling support of Red Dead Online, likely other factors are causing its resurgence in the charts.
Steam tracking site SteamDB reports a record of 66,492 concurrent players on November 27th, the highest number for the game since its launch. The graph also shows consistent growth as the number of maximum users has been steadily increasing every day since the start of the fall sale.
Along with Steam’s autumn sale, another significant factor for the increase in popularity is likely to be the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, as a few games like RDR2 have gone on sale.