Rockstar has steadily been a powerful force in gaming news, and with the upcoming release of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the Xbox One and PS4, that fact has never been truer than it is now. However, fans all across the various sectors of the PC gaming market have long-wondered what that might mean for the platform. Last week’s announcement that the company had absolutely no plans to launch the game for the PC–ever–made quite the splash. But, with the news that the translation was a bit direct, leaving some room for the possibility, the speculation is back at an all-time high.
With console technology edging closer and closer to the level of gaming computers, more and more headlining game developers have taken notice and pushed their biggest titles onto the world’s most diverse and accessible gaming platform, trading instability and the constant specs of consoles for high end power, more options in both the game and its graphics, and of course, a wide install base of easy digital sales. Especially when you add Steam into the mix.
And of course, with the large PC market still growing strong after all these years, it’s no surprise that we’ve gotten some major titles released over the past few years. Standout releases like both PUBG and Fortnite both came out to dominate an industry and make huge bank in a sector of the digital crowd that many big-time developers have often failed to court. If anything, at least the long-held superstition that the PC sales market is a dead-end for major games has gone the way of the dodo.
And of course, for everyone else still on the fence, there’s Rockstar’s own massively successful PC release of Grand Theft Auto V, which has pushed millions and millions of PC sales in both the physical and digital markets, helping to push the title up to its current legendary status and keep it there even now, five years after its debut an entire console generation ago. Discounting the game’s optional microtransaction market, the sales alone have made up more than some entire generational windows of Rockstar releases, and the hype for RDR2 is only growing, a fact the company is surely aware of.
With the mining boom finally dying out, a new wave of next-level nVidia cards coming out at last, and the distantly-looming titan of Cyberpunk 2077’s PC release ever-watching from the horizon, the iron is ripe for major triple-A titles exactly like Red Dead to hit now and fill in the long wait. Even if that wait comes in a year or two, as Rockstar has previously shown the willingness to port GTAV over to PC if fans were willing to give them some time to do so. And being one of the biggest and most successful companies still running in the industry, no one’s really surprised that Rockstar is able to get what they want, at the end of the day.
With the clamor for Red Dead Redemption 2 and its long-awaited sequel to maybe, hopefully, hit PC soon, the question remains–will Rockstar finally give the fans what they want?