When open-world western Red Dead Redemption was in development, Rockstar never talked seriously about bringing the game to PC. So says Kris Roberts, the game’s lead multiplayer designer. During a recent Twitch stream the ex-Rockstar staffer answered questions about the project, and also revealed his surprise that GTA V made it to PC.
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“I don’t think there was ever an intention to have a PC version of Red Dead Redemption,” said Roberts on his stream. “I was actually super shocked that they did a PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Obviously in development, we were all PC-based and had it running for win32 clients for the entire development. But as far as the licensing for the consoles and stuff, it was pretty much always going to be a Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title. To the best of my recollection, we never even seriously talked about optimizing it for PC.”
Roberts currently works at Daybreak Game Company as a vehicle design specialist for zombie survival game H1Z1. He’s not worked for Rockstar since 2010, so while a Red Dead PC port may not have been the plan during development, there’s nothing to say things have not changed since he left the company.