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Rockstar on (Lack of) PC Red Dead Redemption

A Q&A session on the Rockstar Games Website addresses the frequent requests they've received for a PC edition of Red Dead Redemption, saying this is still not happening:

We hope that with the announcement that L.A. Noire is coming to PC this fall, and the knowledge that our next big game Max Payne 3 will have a PC release (plus that we’ve released both Grand Theft Auto IV and the Episodes from Liberty City for PC), we can finally put to rest any misconceptions that we’ve ‘abandoned the PC platform’. We do know that, yes, there is just one title absent from our PC release plans – that game of course being Red Dead Redemption, and of course we’re well aware that some fans have been asking for it. 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. To PC gamers, we hope that between the Grand Theft Auto titles, and the forthcoming L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3, you’ll have plenty of great Rockstar action to enjoy.

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30. Re: Rockstar on (Lack of) PC Dead Red Redemption Oct 6, 2011, 03:57 Lorcin
 
My guess is they did the market research and know Westerns don't do well outside of America. For instance when you look at the foreign figures for True Grit and Unforgiven then compare that to say Inception or Titanic and it's easy to see that Westerns do far better domestically than in foreign markets.

Combine that with the small market for people who don't own either console AND have a rig powerfull enough to run the game if it's anywhere near as demanding as GTA4 and a release would be pretty much pointless. Of course they could spend more time on the port and lower the system requirements - but that would just mean they'd need more sales to recoup the costs.

Latest Valve user survey shows 66% of user's PCs are set to English. When you take off the British, Australians and assorted others it's probably closer to 50% at best are US based.

So really their only big sales numbers would be coming from Americans who haven't or can't play it on a console - but have enough cash to buy a decent gaming rig.

Or in other words - it's a niche game on the PC and everybody would bitch about it being a console port anyway.
 
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