PC gamers have been crying out for a port of Red Dead Redemption since its release, their cries seemingly falling on deaf ears over at Rockstar who have become notorious for releasing their games on PC long after they arrive on console.
However, today Red Dead Redemption for PC has been spotted on none other than the official Windows Compatibility Centre, which “lists thousands of the most popular apps and devices to help you easily identify what will or won’t work with various versions of Windows.”
Why is this so significant? Well, according to the sites FAQ a game or app cannot be listed until, “The product has passed Windows certification requirements and received a logo, which indicates it has met Microsoft testing requirements for compatibility with either Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8, Windows RT and/or Windows 7.”
Furthermore the game, app or device in question must be submitted by the publisher along with relevant data to determine legitimacy. In other words, for Red Dead Redemption to appear on the site as compatible with Windows 7 and 8 it must have been submitted by Rockstar, and tested by Microsoft.
Last year the possibility of Rockstar’s western appearing on PC was hinted at when a job listed appeared saying, “Rockstar Leeds are currently looking for a talented graphics programmer to help bring our latest titles to the PC platform. Working together with the other Rockstar studios, you will be responsible for maintaining the studio’s uncompromising quality bar, delivering the highest quality PC experience possible.”
Of course that doesn’t mean Red Dead Redemption specifically, but when coupled with its appearance on the Windows Compatibility site the theory is certainly intriguing. Could we see John Marston on PC before too long, or is this just some major, and hope-crushing, mistake?
With E3 coming up, I remain hopeful.