Red Dead Redemption 2 remains in the unfortunate in-between time where it’s available on current generation consoles but has yet to even be announced for PC. With Rockstar’s previous game, Grand Theft Auto 5, PC gamers ultimately waited over a year and a half before it launched on the platform. If similarly scheduled, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC could be near a year away from release. An announcement could help assuage frustrated fans, though one is likely far off given Rockstar is skipping E3 2019.
Understanding the state of Red Dead Redemption 2, this quotation from publisher parent company Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick is likely going to sting. Speaking to investors, Zelnick responded to a comment regarding a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port by confirming, “There is no downside to releasing the game on PC.” A Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port remains unofficial.
On one hand, Zelnick’s comment confirms the inevitability Red Dead Redemption 2‘s PC port. The Red Dead Redemption franchise may not be as successful overall as Grand Theft Auto, but anything Rockstar puts out anymore is hugely profitable for all parties involved. On the other hand, the comment is likely to make the wait for PC gamers all the more torturous.
Even with Zelnick’s vote of confidence in Red Dead Redemption 2‘s likely future on PC, fans will likely remain nervous until it has been made official. The legacy of the original Red Dead Redemption, which was never ported to PC, remains. And trust between fans and Take-Two/Rockstar continues to be a rebuilding process as a result.
Coincidentally, Grand Theft Auto 5‘s PC port was announced during E3 2014, ultimately to be released in April 2015 after some delays. Rockstar won’t be attending E3 2019, so a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC announcement isn’t likely. What that means for the PC port’s future, whether it’ll arrive in early 2020 or in 2020 at all, only Rockstar knows. One thing’s for sure though, it seems: both PC gamers and Take-Two’s CEO are ready for the port any time now.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.