There's New Evidence ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Might Be Coming To PC
A reference to a PC version in a developer's LinkedIn profile suggests that Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be ported to the computer. Rockstar has said nothing of a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it's dodged questions about it in the past, but this is now the second developer to have listed a PC version of the game in their LinkedIn profile.
Former Rockstar Toronto physics programmer Nan Ma had a section on titles worked on that listed "Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XB1, PC)". Ma left the studio in 2016 to found virtual reality game developer Future Immersive. Since the PC listing was picked up by Reddit, Ma's profile has been updated to only list titles that shipped while he was at Rockstar, removing all mention of Red Dead Redemption 2 altogether. I've reached out to Ma to confirm the change.
Now, before getting excited and treating this as a confirmation of the title, Ma left the studio in 2016, two years before the game released. At the time, the platforms that Red Dead Redemption 2 was going to ship on may not have been fully decided and Ma's may have believed that there was a PC version in development - we don't know when Ma added Red Dead Redemption 2 to his LinkedIn profile.
I looked through all the other Rockstar Toronto profiles of people who had worked on Red Dead Redemption 2 and found no other mentions of a PC release.
However, if we take this to be true, that there is a Red Dead Redemption 2 port in the works for the PC, then it would follow the pattern of Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar initially only released that game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, then a year later for the next generation consoles, and a year after that on PC. We know that a new generation of consoles is on the horizon. Rockstar may well be planning something similar, with a bells and whistles release for the next generation of consoles and the PC.
Since Rockstar launched Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, it's been a permanent fixture in the Steam top sellers chart. GTA Online has been a huge success for the studio, so it would make sense the developer planned to release Red Dead Online for PC players after it's had its beta on consoles.
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