Red Dead Redemption 1 PC may be delayed, when will it come?

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The long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 1 PC release might have been pushed back to a later date. 

Red Dead Redemption is an old classic at this point, but it’s still not playable on PC. PC gamers desperate to experience the story of John Marston have had to make do with emulating the console releases. It gets even more baffling when Red Dead Redemption 2 is available natively on the PC platform. 

Red Dead Redemption was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010 and remained there for a long while before getting ported to modern consoles. PC gamers hoped the game would also appear on their platform, but there’s been no such luck so far. After 14 years of waiting, PC players finally got a ray of hope with a data mine. That doesn’t mean that it’s coming out soon, though. 

Is the Red Dead Redemption 1 PC release delayed?

The Red Dead Redemption PC port may have been delayed, and shows no signs of being released.

Previously data miner Tez2 found “marketing strings” mentioning Red Dead Redemption in the Rockstar PC launcher. The string wasn’t publically visible on the PC launcher and read, “RDR ProductPromotion Intro Body.” A marketing blurb stated players could “journey across the sprawling American West and Mexico in Red Dead Redemption, and its zombie-horror companion, Undead Nightmare – now playable on PC.”

The data mine sparked new interest in a Red Dead Redemption PC port and suggested that its release was imminent, or at least being planned by Rockstar Games. Tez2 is now backpedaling on the GTAForums, however. They now state that the game might not be ready yet and the code was meant for the dev build of the PC launcher. 

Is the Red Dead Redemption PC version still coming out?

All signs point to the Red Dead Redemption 1 PC version still being in development, despite the likely delays.

Rockstar released a PlayStation 4 port of Red Dead Redemption in 2023; the company could plan to release the “enhanced” port on PC. The controversially priced port received a lot of criticism for only providing a resolution bump and little else. Even the frame rate was still locked at 30 FPS despite the PlayStation 4 being a capable console.

The assets, textures, and animations were all unchanged, and the PlayStation 3 levels of details were still used. Naturally, many gamers were disappointed by the release. 

Regardless, many still want to play the game and they’re still likely to get their wish. The fact that Rockstar has code strings related to the game in its launcher shows that Rockstar still plans to release a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 1.

It’s possible that Rockstar will release the PlayStation 4 port on PC and call it a day. Thankfully, the PC modding community is robust. Even if this does happen, players will likely take it upon themselves to fix it.

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Written by Bilawal Bashir

Bilawal is a software engineer who loves video games, comic books, and anime. But he will never love pineapple on pizza. In over two decades of gaming, he has only broken two controllers. His work has also been featured by TheGamer and WhatIfGaming.

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