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Red Dead Redemption 2 could be coming to PC, according to dataminer

Could Red Dead Redemption 2 finally be making its way to PC? That's what it looks like, according to some information unearthed by a dataminer on Twitter.

PC Gamer is reporting that the dataminer, who goes by @JakoMako51, found a very interesting text string when digging through the source code of the Rockstar Social Club. The string makes reference to "RDR2_PC_Accomplishments", and sits right alongside a similar string for PS4 trophies. It looks an awfully lot like something Rockstar might use to track achievements on PC, which means the studio could be putting in work to get Red Dead Redemption 2 ready for an entirely new platform.

And we know what you're probably thinking: where's the mention of Xbox One? Could it be possible that the reference to PC accomplishments is somehow a stand-in for Xbox Live achievements? Not to worry. We dug into the source code ourselves (via a link provided by JakoMako51) and found separate mentions of Xbox Live achievements, as well. The string for PC accomplishments seems very much separate from those for console, and really, shouldn't exist for a game that — as of this point — only appears on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

We don't want you to put your hype hat on prematurely, but the possibility of getting Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC looks far more likely today than it did yesterday.

For what it's worth, Rockstar has a history of bringing games to console first and PC afterward. Grand Theft Auto 4 released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 months before it ever came to PC. The same occurred with L.A. Noire, which didn't receive a PC port until several months after consoles. And we all remember Grand Theft Auto 5. That game initially released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, came to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014, and didn't get a PC version until 2015.

All of the above titles were late to PC, but they eventually got there. And yes, you can point to the fact that the original Red Dead Redemption has yet to get a PC release as a counterpoint. But Rockstar is investing heavily in Red Dead Online now. To not bring that to PC would be leaving money on the table, and that's not something Rockstar typically does.

We'll keep our eyes and ears open for any news about Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC. The months ahead could be very interesting.