Arguably 2018's biggest game was Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar's epic-scale open world western that won numerous awards and stands as the best-selling game of 2018. Even so, Red Dead Redemption 2's potential audience is somewhat limited by the fact that the game is only available on PS4 and Xbox One, but that could change in the near future.
Prior to its GDC 2019 keynote address, Google showed a series of images that some believe are hinting at third-party game releases for its ambitious Stadia platform. One graphic features a cowboy hat, a cowboy boot, saloon doors, a horse, and a cactus, leading to speculation that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Stadia. After all, Red Dead Redemption 2 features these elements prominently, and while one could argue that Google is teasing any kind of western game, it's worth pointing out that Red Dead is one of the only westerns on the market.
However, the other images that Google released are a bit more generic. One shows various military images, which could be teasing the Call of Duty series. Another features an alien and spaceships, which doesn't seem to be referencing any science-fiction game in particular. Considering this, it is possible that Google is just trying to play on various thematic genres, and isn't hinting at any specific games in particular.
It would make sense for Google to go out of its way to get Red Dead Redemption 2 for Stadia, considering the game's popularity and continued success. Red Dead Redemption 2 on Stadia would also make the game technically playable on PCs (not to mention mobile phones), potentially drawing interest from PC gamers who don't have a PS4 or Xbox One.
Of course, some PC gamers would still prefer a proper PC port of Red Dead Redemption 2, which has been rumored for months. But before fans get too excited about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC or Stadia, we must stress that nothing has been confirmed by Rockstar so far, and right now the only way to play the game is on PS4 or Xbox One.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.