The Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port has been in development since 2016, according to a LinkedIn summary of a former physics programmer at Rockstar.
Like the Wild West outlaws after a robbery, the evidence of a PC port from Rockstar's newest open-world domain is building up. First a Developer from Rockstar Leeds listed Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC on its LinkedIn pageand now a former physics designer at Rockstar Toronto did the same. We will not disclose their names directly, but the curricula indicate that the PC version of the sequel-prequel has been in progress since 2016. The Toronto programmer left in 2016 and lists RDR2 as a game in which they worked, while Leeds left in 2017 and listed the same. Both developers left Rockstar before Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018.
Although Red Dead Redemption 2 was built from scratch for the current generation of consolesThe game will likely come to the PC to ensure maximum exposure, sales and live service revenue from Red Dead Online.
Rockstar has a crush on launching its biggest PC games years after consoles, and Take-Two Interactive loves to capitalize on a re-release (GTA V has connected two console gens, as well as the PC).
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a monumental blockbuster that has amassed a fortune in gaming sales and monetization through its online mode. The game made $ 725 million in just three days of sales and was the biggest entertainment release of 2018, despite being released in the fourth quarter.
A PC version would boost those gains even more, as enthusiastic desktop enthusiasts seek to push the game to the limit using state-of-the-art graphics technology.
In addition, there is the good advantage of engagement monetization achieved with the long tails of Red Dead Online. Take-Two loves microtransactions and live services and routinely makes hundreds of millions of dollars every quarter with the recurring spending of consumers on their biggest games.
Also expect RDR2 to be exclusive to the Epic Games store when it's released on the PC. An Epic Store version would generate more revenue for the publisher in the long run. Take-Two could negotiate with Steam's 90 million MAU to promise 88% of all RDR2 sales revenue in the Epic Store. The company has already made exclusive deals with Epic Over Borderlands 3 and The Outer Worldsso Red Dead Redemption 2 should not be any different.
Take-Two Interactive has to confirm the existence of a PC port and probably will not until Rockstar is ready to announce something. In addition to the NBA 2K, the Rockstar games are Take-Two's huge cash crops, so there's a distinct level of respect between the billionaire dad and the GTA-producing child.
There's a chance we could hear something on Take-Two's next fiscal year 2019 earnings conference call on Monday, but the company's schedule is already full of rollouts. Take-Two plans to launch Borderlands 3, a new big 2K NBA game, and Obsidian's new RPG, The Outer Worlds, all in the same period. The release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PC over the holiday period of 2019 would usurp Borderlands 3 – a game that has been in development for some time.
If the RDR2's PC port is on the horizon, it is likely to be released in 2020 at the earliest.
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