It's been nearly a year since Red Dead Redemption 2 came out, and that's time enough for fans of Rockstar Games to begin looking to what it will turn out next. This is, after all, the studio behind some of gaming's most ambitious and successful franchises, so there's bound to be something equally ambitious on the horizon. That'll probably happen sooner or later, but for now here's a new game launcher.
In this digital day and age, it's become a popular trend for publishers to run their own digital store/game libraries for PC owners instead of leaving that to third-party markets like Steam and the ever-controversial Epic Games Store. Activision has Battle.net, Bethesda has the Bethesda Launcher, and now Rockstar has the Rockstar Games Launcher.
Designed to be the all-in-one stop for everything Rockstar and PC-related, it sports the usual features of a typical first-party launcher, including cloud saves, automatic updates, and, obviously, the ability to shop for games old and new. The selection of Rockstar Games titles available as of day one leans more towards old, as it consists of Grand Theft Auto 5, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, L.A. Noire: Complete Edition, Bully: Scholarship Edition, and Max Payne 3: Complete Edition.
As a bonus for early adopters, downloading the Launcher will grant them a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Furthermore, those who already own copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 or Max Payne 3 on PC will use the Launcher to access them from now on, with all existing data intact.
It might seem like an odd move at first to launch a launcher without a new game to hype it up, but it's possible that it might have been made in anticipation of such a game. Hints found buried in source code have suggested that the long-awaited PC port of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming sooner or later, which would give the Launcher quite the exclusive. Also worth noting is the fact that Grand Theft Auto 5, despite releasing on PC in 2015, has maintained a consistent presence on the platform through its multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online.
So, depending on how the games selection grows, there’s a fair chance that Rockstar will be able to carve a solid niche for itself in the digital PC market. In the meantime, fans will continue to wonder if Rockstar could be revealing its next game soon.
Source: Rockstar Games