Rockstar being Rockstar, it still has yet to say one way or the other whether its epic cowboy sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC. That in itself makes us think that, eventually, it is. But we’re still keen on anything that tends to confirm our suspicions, and a LinkedIn profile from a former Rockstar developer seems to indicate that a PC version of Red Dead 2 is indeed in the works, or at least was at some time.
Nan Ma, whose LinkedIn profile includes a six-year stint at Rockstar from June 2010 to October 2016, is now the CEO and founder of Future Immersive. His self-reported work at Rockstar included physics programming for Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3. It also included, under the heading ‘Titles worked on,’ a reference to Red Dead Redemption 2, a title he entered as being developed for “PS4, XB1, PC.”
Being as LinkedIn is a professional network meant to showcase your resume to potential employers and colleagues, it would be a strange place to fabricate a rumor about a PC version of a game you worked on if none existed.
Admittedly, it’s not a lot to go on, and other such resume-based leaks have been shown to be fake, such as the one from a developer in India who said he’d worked on Grand Theft Auto 6. But a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 was hinted at in the code for the RDR2 companion app, which includes references to PC-specific graphics settings that would be of no use to a console player.
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We’ll just have to keep waiting on official word from Rockstar. It may be the case that Rockstar wants Red Dead 2 to “straddle” console generations the way Grand Theft Auto V had feet in both the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 era and the current generation. Time, naturally, will tell.