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Red Dead Redemption • Nov 21, 2018

When is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC?

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When is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC?

As fans wait with bated breath for any information on a PC release date for Red Dead Redemption 2, here's everything we know so far via leaks and hints.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 was the most anticipated game release in 2018 - unless you are a PC player, in which case it was likely the most dreaded, as you were forced to look on in envy at console players enjoying all the fun.

To make matters worse, Rockstar have neglected to acknowledge the PC platform whatsoever, just like they did with the release of Grand Theft Auto V.

Even when asked directly about a PC release on an investors call, Strauss Zelnick of Take-Two (Rockstar parent company and publisher of RDR2) avoided giving a direct answer, saying only "in this particular instance, I can't really give you too much clarity, apologies."

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That doesn't mean hope is lost however, as the biggest hint yet for PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 came from the game's companion app, of all places.

Alongside the release on PS4 and Xbox One on October 26, a mobile companion app also dropped for Red Dead Redemption 2, and data miners quickly got to work digging through the app's files.

Shared by Rockstar Intel, some of these files made direct mention of a PC Version, as well as names of various PC graphics options, such as reflections, shadow distance and particle light quality. The most compelling evidence of all is the line "CommandIsPcVersion(void) 000000000166A12C'."

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The companion app files were not the first big hint at a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 however. Back in June 2018, VG247 discovered the LinkedIn profile of a Rockstar employee, who had "let it slip" about a PC version.

The employee, who was kept anonymous, had listed on their profile the games they had worked on and their associated platforms; LA Noire, GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 - all on PC.

Of course, this could have just been an error in their profile, an innocent mistake. However, given how much scrutiny the lack of PC availability for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been getting, it sparked endless speculation.

So, if these hints and leaks come to fruition, when can we expect Rockstar to finally bless PC gamers with their most ambitious title ever?

PC Gamer assorted a list of previous Rockstar titles and how long they took to have PC versions - and it doesn't make for good reading, with the wait times become progressively longer.

- GTA IV on PC - 7 months after console release.
- LA Noire on PC - 6 months after console release
- Max Payne 3 on PC - Two weeks after console release (although typically considered a PC series).
- GTA V on PC - 17 months after PS3/Xbox 360 versions. 5 months after Xbox One/PS4 versions.

There is speculation that with the potential release of a PlayStation 5 on the horizon, there may be a similar rollout for RDR2 as there was for GTA V, with PC players waiting until the next gen consoles have launched.

On the other hand, Rockstar may look to cash in on the current hype around the game, and if they have a PC version finished or almost ready, could release it before mid 2019 - though this might be ambitious going by GTA V's standards.

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