Red Dead Redemption 2 is still about eight months from even launching, but already there are two questions that seem eternal - is Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC, and when is RDR2 coming to PC? Rockstar’s lips have remained typically sealed on the matter, but during a recent earnings call, publisher Take-Two intimated that the prospect of a PC version is totally down to whatever Rockstar decides it wants to do.
This is the same Rockstar that kept painfully silent on GTA V for PC, eventually announcing a port almost a year after its original launch. Since then, it’s regularly been spotted at the top of the Steam charts and has shifted close to 8 million copies on PC alone. That’s a lot of copies sold, and further proof that PC is not a market to be ignored by Rockstar, there’s just too much money being left on the table.
Take-Two president Karl Slatoff was asked during the quarterly earnings call just how important the PC market is to its major titles.
"The answer to that really depends on the title. Some titles are heavily weighted to PC, for example, Civilization and XCOM, and some titles are less weighted to PC. So it's really on a title-by-title basis. The great news is that the PC market is vibrant to us, it's a great market for us and a big market, and a core market," said Slatoff.
"These are consumers that are highly engaged, and PC is predominantly digital and allows for great engagement with the consumer. For us, the PC market is very important, very exciting, and something we focus on."
When pressed specifically on what this means for Red Dead Redemption 2, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said "Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels," implying it’s down to Rockstar to make a PC version public knowledge.
The original Red Dead Redemption is still a bit of a blip on Rockstar’s otherwise pristine copybook, never arriving on PC despite widespread demand. Fortunately, RDR is the odd one out, rather than indicative of Rockstar’s overall approach to the platform. It’s basically inconceivable that Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t launch on PC. GTA 5 on PC has made Rockstar close to $500m from game sales along, and then there’s the additional revenue from GTA Online to take into account. For now, it has to be a case of when, not if, and the 2018 holidays seems like a perfect time for a second RDR2 push alongside a PC launch.