Rockstar Games opened up a forum for questions from their community a few days ago. Folks asked them about all sorts of different things. The studio was pressed about the upcoming Max Payne 3, their work on future Grand Theft Auto properties and whether or not Red Dead Redemption would ever see release on the PC platform.
Unfortunately for gamers, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. According to Rockstar, they don’t see Red Dead as viable on the PC.
“All we can say is that whenever it is viable (technically, developmentally and business-wise) for us to release a game for PC (or any other particular platform) – we will and we usually do; unfortunately, that is just not the case 100% of the time for all platforms.”
The climate surrounding Rockstar Games in the PC gamer community is an awkward one, for sure. The fact that gamers who spend time and money to build rigs will never be able to take advantage of certain gaming classics does not help the company at all. Rockstar did present a form of sentiment to those people, but we don’t think PC gamers really care:
One has to assume that the company genuinely has a legitimate reason for keeping these games off of the PC platform. It may be that they don’t have the resources required to make a really good port of their work for PCs. Or, it may be that the company doesn’t necessarily see the PC gamer demographic as one that would enjoy their efforts…
We hope it’s not the latter. Red Dead Redemption was easily one the best games to release during 2010, and I’ll argue that it’s one of this medium’s greatest offerings. The fact that PC exclusive gamers will never have a chance to mount up and ride is a crying shame.