Red Dead Redemption 2 strolls into Steam's saloon on December 5


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This time, the Epic Games Store exclusivity expired much quicker than usual. Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently available through three digital marketplaces: Epic, Google Stadia, and direct from Rockstar via the publisher's new(ish) launcher. Soon enough, it'll be four.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Steam before the year's end. That much we already knew. But, it turns out the vague window of a December release lends itself to an early date. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be sold through Steam on December 5. That's exactly one month after the PC port originally launched on November 5.

The slight delay makes sense from a business perspective. Rockstar takes 100 percent of the revenue from sales through the Rockstar Launcher; it takes 88 percent from sales through Epic. Steam's revenue share model is more convoluted -- and Rockstar possibly has a custom, more publisher-friendly deal negotiated --  but that rate is likely closer to 80 percent. Additionally, Epic and Google are probably paying one way or another for the privilege of selling Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.

There's no shortage of places to buy Red Dead Redemption 2, and now it's coming to the most popular store. The wild west is about to get a little more crowded with cowpokes and ne'er-do-wells.

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