Although Rockstar has been quiet about whether Red Dead Redemption 2 is hitting PC, a developer on LinkedIn (who previously worked on GTA V and L.A. Noire) appears to have let it slip. The company’s LinkedIn profile listed Red Dead Redemption 2 along with the platforms PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
As of now, it looks like the developer has removed “PC” from the console listings on their profile. But Rockstar released GTA V near the end of a console generation without mentioning a PC version before launching an upgraded edition with new consoles. And with this strategy, Rockstar ended up selling a ton more copies as a result, so they might be using the same strategy for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rob Nelson, Co-President of Rockstar North Studio, spoke on the development and goals of the game in a recent interview (translated from French).
“Our goal with Red Dead Redemption 2 is to offer an immersive world where nature is as beautiful as possible. Beautiful landscapes, big, massive, with as many varieties as possible, with mud, snow and technically, we are challenged,” he said. “We really wanted a real visual gap between the first Red Dead Redemption and this sequel. Red Dead was already satisfying, but it was more desert environments, very dusty.”
“We find all this in Red Dead 2, but we wanted to go further, by proposing more wilderness, cities too and that’s what we learned about GTA V that allowed us to evolve all that. And I think the thing we learned most about working on GTA V is to make the world more interactive. With GTA V, we realized a gigantic and immersive world, but with Red Dead Redemption 2, we wanted to go even further, to be able to touch things, to be able to pick up anything, to interact with them, to whether characters or animals.”
“To be able to go beyond the facade of the world, to be able to feel it, that it is just the ground that is deformed by the mud, that the characters can slide along the slopes, to adapt and to adjust the changes of postures and of animations according to the ground, the situations, that they cross a bush climb a hill.”.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.