Did a PC Version of Red Dead Redemption Just Get Leaked or an Elaborate Fake?
Could this be proof that Red Dead Redemption 2 is heading to PC?
Red Dead Redemption 2 had always been confirmed to be coming to consoles, and back in 2017 during Take-Two Interactive Software’s financial conference call, they discussed the publisher’s stance on PC as a platform. However, there was no confirmation about the game arriving to PC. There was also news from VG247 earlier this year relating to an employee who popped that Red Dead Redemption 2 was for PC on their LinkedIn account.
Now we have even more PC rumors floating around after ResetEra user, no1 posted a video from a YouTube channel called Reupload Deleted Videos. This channel only has three videos, but the one video uploaded yesterday seemingly shows Red Dead Redemption 2 running on a PC. The video isn’t recorded directly and is a recording of a monitor — this is the number one tactic fake “leakers” use to generate authenticity. You’ll see keyboard prompts on the main menu, and the mouse movement appears to be realistic. The video shows the user going into the Red Dead Redemption 2 display settings. From there we see a good look at various PC exclusive settings such as Vsync, FXAA, different quality settings, and more.
The video is only a short 25 seconds and doesn’t appear to have a source from where the channel nabbed it from. The description does state,
“This is a Leaked footage of Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if is fake, he did a great job.”
The original poster in the ResetEra forum recalled the moment Grand Theft Auto 5’s PC port was leaked in a similar way. You can find the video here. Once again, we see a small portion of gameplay being filmed with an external device and then see the video settings.
However, there are definitely reasons to remain skeptical. Looking aside from the fact this was captured on a cellphone instead of screen capture, the anti-aliasing setting looks wrong from the footage. Meanwhile, there is no 10 second UI scale once the resolution has been changed — a standard for most PC games.
Regardless, I have to concur, if this is fake indeed, it was well done. What are your thoughts on this? It wouldn’t be too crazy to think that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be arriving to PC as LA Noire, and GTA V made it to PC. Check out the video embedded below and see what you think.