Red Dead Redemption was one of the most loved games of the last generation. While everyone praised the likes of Grand Theft Auto 4 for its take on organized crime in New York City, Red Dead Redemption took players into the past and let them go wild on horseback, playing as cowboy John Marston. From hogtying enemies and sticking them on train tracks to gun duels in the middle of town and even killing zombies in the Undead Nightmare DLC, the game gave players plenty to do in the Old West.
However, although many PS3 and Xbox 360 players remember Red Dead Redemption fondly (the game is one of the most requested titles on the Xbox One backward compatible list), PC gamers never got to experience the western tale. Despite the thousands of people who have signed petitions calling for a PC port and despite the rumors about the PC version of the game, Rockstar Games has never budged.
Given just how popular Red Dead Redemption PC would be and just how much Rockstar would stand to make from its release, it is unusual that Rockstar never made it. However, in a Q&A on Twitch, the game’s lead multiplayer designer Kris Roberts stated that “I don’t think there was ever an intention to have a PC version of Red Dead Redemption” and that “to the best of my recollection, we never even seriously talked about optimizing it for PC”. Roberts explained that although the Red Read Redemption team was “all PC-based” and that they actually had the game running on win32 clients, only PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game were ever in the works.
That’s not the only thing that the developer revealed either, as Roberts also said that he was “super shocked that [Rockstar] did a PC version of Grand Theft Auto V”. While it’s worth noting that the developer no longer works for Rockstar (Roberts is now at Daybreak Games working on zombie MMO H1Z1) and so isn’t the best person to comment on Rockstar’s change of heart with PC gaming, on several occasions it did look like the PC version of GTA V wasn’t going to happen. The game was delayed on PC three times, eventually seeing it released five months after the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
Moving forward, it’s unclear what Rockstar’s policy on PC releases will be. GTA V has been a huge critical and sales hit on PC even despite those delays, and the demand for Red Dead Redemption PC remains high even five years after its release. So, there’s a strong chance that the highly-rumored sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 will make it onto the platform but for now, PC gamers will need to cross their fingers and hold onto their lucky horseshoes.