'Red Dead Redemption 2' PC Release Date: Sure, but What About Switch?

Here's what you need to know.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here… if you have a PS4 or Xbox One. But when will it come to PC? And what about Nintendo Switch? Here’s what you need to know.

Is Red Dead Redemption 2 Coming to Switch?

Rockstar Games hasn’t announced any release plans for Red Dead Redemption 2 beyond its current availability, but plenty of clues suggest the game could be headed to PC soon. TechRadar notes that online retailer MediaMarkt briefly listed a PC version with a release date of December 31, 2019. That was clearly (hopefully) a placeholder date, but it definitely suggests something is coming eventually.

On LinkedIn, one alleged Rockstar employee even briefly listed their experience as a programmer on the game’s PC port. And, perhaps most revealing, dataminers found several PC-related lines of code in the actual game files for Red Dead Redemption 2, along with mentions of “Oculus” that suggest a PC-powered virtual reality port could be in the works as well.

So, the chances of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC seem pretty high. The only question is, when will it happen?

When is the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Release Date?

We still don’t know, but a look back at Rockstar’s history provides a few clues. The best example is probably GTA IV, which hit consoles in April 2008 and expanded with a PC port that December. That’s an eight-month gap, which means we could see Red Dead Redemption 2 hit PCs in May 2019.

Looking at GTA V gets a little more confusing, since it first launched for PS3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013 before making the jump to PS4 and Xbox One in November 2014. Only after that did GTA V launch for PC in April 2015. So yeah, it’s a little murky, but if you look at that second gap between current-gen consoles and PC it’s just six months, which also seems like a realistic guess as to how long PC gamers may have to wait for Red Dead Redemption 2.

As for the original Red Dead Redemption, it never came to PC. So let’s just hope Rockstar doesn’t make that mistake again with the sequel.

Red Dead Redemption 2 For Nintendo Switch?

We know even less here. Rockstar hasn’t confirmed anything, and a massive game like Red Dead Redemption 2 probably couldn’t run on the Switch without a lot of extra work. Then again, Rockstar did just bring L.A. Noir to Nintendo’s portable console so anything is possible, though considering that the action-adventure game first launched in 2011, we could be in for a very long wait for RDR2 on Switch.

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