PC absent from Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement – is it happening?

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC

Red Dead Redemption 2 is happening, it’s coming this time next year, Fall 2017, and given it’s Rockstar and their recent track record, it will probably be good. The question becomes – will it come to PC? As seen above, the official site for the game makes no mention of a PC version alongside the logos for the PS4 and Xbox One. In a classic Rockstar move, we may once-again be in for a wait.

For more details on Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, rumours and more, check our dedicated article.

Here’s a quote from the official press release:

“Red Dead Redemption 2 will release worldwide in Fall 2017 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment systems and for the Xbox One games and entertainment system.”

That’s fairly specific in its non-mention of PC, so it’s not like they forgot to put a logo on the site.

Rockstar’s last release, Grand Theft Auto V, took a whole eighteen months to arrive on PC, from September 2013 through to April 2015. This was despite the PC version entering development almost immediately after the 360 and PS3 versions were released, as confirmed by sources close to development. At the time, this delay also allowed for the creation of next-gen versions of the game with the same feature set as GTA V’s PC version.

With Red Dead Redemption 2, none of that is the case. There’s no new generation to get ready for, beyond the mostly-unknown Xbox Scorpio and unannounced Nintendo NX, neither of which seem as significant an upgrade as PS3 to 4 was. The PS4 and Xbox One are extremely similar in their architecture to a standard gaming PC. Moreover, GTA V proved the series would still do well on PC, and Rockstar have always had success here in the past. There’s little to no risk.

That said, clearly the folks at Rockstar prefer keeping these things separate. PC releases are not an easy thing to just snap off, especially in a world of 1,000 different graphics card and CPU combinations. Moreover, two releases can mean two sales, and releasing in different calendar years or financial quarters and getting massive sales or GOTY nominations in both looks great on a balance sheet and accolades board.

We’re going to cover it anyway, because it is inevitably going to come to PC, as every Rockstar game other than the original Red Dead did, eventually. We’ve asked the team there for any clarification on the possibility of a PC version.