Let’s face it: it’d be a mistake for Take-Two and Rockstar (the publisher and the developer or Red Dead Redemption 2, respectively) to skip a ton of cash even with the first game of the Western series still being exclusive to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3…
We wrote several times about the potential signs that Red Dead Redemption 2 – after its Fall 2018 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions – could be heading to PC in the near future. Now, we can add what Strass Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two, said in a business/investor briefing in New York.
An investor said that Red Dead Redemption 2‘s port to the PC could be a „layup” (which is a basketball term for something very easy), and Zelnick has responded to this comment with the following: „There is no downside to releasing the game on PC.” It’s not a lot, mind you, but it’s a different tone from the CEO, as until now, he tended to let Rockstar answer the „when will RDR2 launch on PC?” question. It means there’s some sort of semi-approval by the higher-ups for the port.
There might be something with Sony, though: there is some PlayStation 4-exclusive content in Red Dead Redemption 2. If this is a timed deal (which is also rumoured to be the same for Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding!), then if the time is up, there would be no legal blockades towards a PC version. (And then, we can guess if Take-Two would follow the easy route to Steam, or risk it by taking Epic’s money bags and go for an Epic Game Store exclusivity deal, which could then name Red Dead Redemption 2 as a killer app for the store…)
As Grand Theft Auto V came out roughly half a year after the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions on PC, we should be hopeful.