Can You Play Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Offline?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on the PC. But can you play it offline?

Red Dead Redemption may have skipped the platform but PC-owning cowboy fans can now play Red Dead Redemption 2. It requires a hefty chunk of hard disk space and a fairly powerful PC to play but, much to our joy, there are already mods available for the game. There’s one that lets you play as all manner of animals, though we’re still waiting for an add-on that replaces every enemy with Macho Man Randy Savage.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has both a story mode and an online mode – so you should be able to play the game offline and just experience the story, right? Wrong.


At the moment, you can’t play Red Dead Redemption 2 without an internet connection. And if your internet connection cuts out, you’ll be kicked out of the game.

That’s right: you can’t play even the story mode of Red Dead Redemption 2 if you’re not online. The game uses the Rockstar Game Launcher no matter where you’ve purchase the game from. And if you launch the game without being connected to the internet, you’ll be told you don’t have the rights to play it.

Also, if you’re playing Red Dead Redemption 2‘s story mode and you lose your internet connection, there have been numerous reports of the game crashing. We assume this isn’t intentional, and hopefully it will be fixed via a patch soon. But in the meantime, if your internet is at all unreliable you might want to steer clear of the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 for now.