Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar’s acclaimed open-world game, will replace Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s acclaimed open-world game.
Today, via the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, Microsoft announced a massive get for the service.
“Red Dead Redemption 2. May 7,” the tweet said. A GIF of a person on horseback riding into the sunset accompanied the tweet. And, of course, an implied mic drop.
Back in 2018, Rockstar Games’ open-world game was the subject of much praise, and much scrutiny. Though reviewers tended to love the game, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser drew criticism in the lead up to release, saying that Rockstar was working “100-hour weeks.” But, Houser later clarified that his comments only applied to the “senior writing team.”
In the year and change since, much has changed. Houser left Rockstar earlier this year. The company has, reportedly, taken steps to improve its labor practices. And, through reporting, players have become increasingly aware of the intense crunch that goes into making many AAA games.
Another thing that has changed since 2018? We’re in the midst of a global pandemic! If there was ever a time to check out this behemoth of a game, it’s now.
The biggest bummer of Red Dead Redemption 2 joining Game Pass is that Grand Theft Auto V is leaving the service. So, if you’re interested in experiencing Michael, Trevor and Franklin’s misadventures in Los Santos, you better do it before May 7. Though, thankfully, Game Pass subscribers do get a 20 percent bonus if they opt to purchase the game now.
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