A PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 is inevitable; it’s just been a matter of when. A rating from the Australian Classification Board hints at an official announcement inching closer. It’ll be MA 15+ when it hits in Australia, the same as the console versions.
A specific platform isn’t mentioned on the classification page, but why issue a rating for a game almost a year after its first release?
This rating is the latest news pointing towards a PC release. Well that, and the heaps of money Rockstar and Take-Two would make from it.
Here’s what else is happening that makes a PC announcement all but official.
Another PC launcher. About a week ago, Rockstar Games released its own launcher. Yep, just what PC fans were wanting. Another launcher. But Rockstar Games can get away with it. Just like Blizzard with Battle.net and Ubisoft with UPlay. Some might not like it, but if it’s the only way to get Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC – we’ll all be using it.
Plus, while new launchers like Epic receive plenty of criticism (and rightfully so), it doesn’t mean gamers avoid them. Borderlands 3’s sales proved that. If it’s a game I want, I don’t care what launcher it’s on.
PC can make up nearly half of the revenue according to Take-Two. Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, offered insights into how the gaming landscape has changed over the past decade. “When we consider a console release, the PC format can be 40% or 50% now of that revenue. Ten years ago, that number was 1% or 2%,” Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick recently told investors.
More than five years after its PC release, GTA V is still one of the most played games on Steam. And role-playing communities keep it popular on Twitch.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of my favorite games of 2018. And yes, I will be double-dipping on the PC version. You can’t have clunky aiming with a mouse.