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Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC may finally be on the horizon

Murmurs about the impending launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC have once more flooded the gaming industry, this time on the heels of an update from the Australian Classification Board.

The board has awarded Red Dead Redemption 2 a MA 15+ rating. Dated August 20, 2019, this classification arrives 11 months after the Australian government granted the original, multi-platform application the same rating. The new entry does not specify that it is for the PC version of the game; however, given that the console editions received their classification last year, this seems likely.

Rumors and hints have popped up online regarding a PC port of Red Dead Redemption 2 since Rockstar Games first announced the project for console, including a LinkedIn entry from a former Rockstar programmer alleging that they had worked on the PC version of the game. More recently, Rockstar released their own virtual store and game launcher for PC—the perfect setup for the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release.

It took Grand Theft Auto 5 threes years to come to PC. The game has since gone on to sell millions of copies on Steam, making this quite the lucrative business move. Prior to Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar titles took an average of 6-7 months to make the jump from console. Though the developer never released Red Dead Redemption for PC, the success of GTA 5, especially Grand Theft Auto Online, implies that an RDR2 PC launch is imminent. With Red Dead Online growing, a PC port could be the push the series needs to approach the success of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Rockstar Games remains ever stalwart in the face of these rumors, neither confirming or denying the prospective truth behind the conjecture. Despite the radio silence, signs are looking good for a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC launch, maybe even before the end of the year.