Many of us PC gaming enthusiasts were disappointed when Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2 as a console exclusive game. The original title never made it beyond Xbox 360 and PS3 and for a while, it looked like the PC crowd would miss out once again. However, evidence is continuing to mount, showing that a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 is in the works and could be coming sooner than expected.
With Grand Theft Auto V, it took around two years for the game to finally make it over to PC. It looks like Rockstar will be following a similar strategy with Red Dead Redemption 2, although the time gap might be smaller this time around. The first evidence came from Rockstar employees themselves, listing work on a PC version of RDR2 on their LinkedIn profiles before removing the references. While that is pretty good evidence by itself, it could be easily written off as a simple mistake but proof of the PC version is continuing to pop up in other areas too.
A datamine of the Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app for mobile revealed references to PC-only graphics options that would appear in the game. A conspicuous video leak also showed the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC graphics menu up and running.
Now just today, a freelance level designer going by the name JakoMako51 on Twitter has datamined the latest Rockstar Social Club update. This is Rockstar’s launcher that arrived alongside GTA V and is often updated alongside the main game. The most recent Social Club update contains more references to Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, with the string ‘RDR2_PC_Accomplishments’ found in the code. This was placed in the middle of other achievement related strings, like PS4 trophies and Xbox Live achievements.
Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, also recently told investors during a earnings call last month that there would be ‘no downside’ to bringing the game to PC. We still don’t know when the game might be coming but Rockstar has a habit of dropping announcements out of the blue and on its own timetable. With that in mind, even with E3 now over and done with, there is the potential for a surprise announcement later this year or in early 2020.
KitGuru Says: Red Dead Redemption 2 looked incredible on the Xbox One X so I can only imagine how good it is going to end up being on PC with access to higher frame rates. Have many of you been holding out for a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2?