With the upcoming release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, the expected hype has been paired with a number of questions that fans would like to get answers on, particuarly before possibly buying the game a second time.
Red Dead Online will also be available on PC from the get go - which raises the question, will we be able to transfer our progress?
GTA Online, which was first released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, included a character transfer feature when the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The same feature reappeared on PC when that port was also released. Since there is clear precedent for Rockstar doing this, it is logical to assume that players will be able to continue the journey of their current characters on PC.
Nonetheless, some players have tried to get a clear answer regarding the issue. After contacting Rockstar Support, Reddit user and Red Dead Online player SergeantSchmidt got a surprising answer. Apparently, characters will not be transferrable between the console and PC versions of the game.
They posted a screenshot of the exchange - which was in German, but it has been translated in the Reddit thread - where the Support representative said that the two versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 "are different games". This is quite baffling, since the port is likely only as different as the console and PC ports of GTA 5 were.
On the one hand, there exists a common misconception that porting a game from one platform to another consists of the developers pressing a "port to PC" button in the office. Porting, in fact, can be a complicated procedure of adapting the entire source code from one architecture to another, which can easily cause incompatibilities.
However, Rockstar set a precedent with GTA Online, and multiplayer progress should be easier to copy over behind the scenes. Additionally, support duties are often outsourced in the game development industry, and several cases in the past it turned out that the support staff didn't have all the facts. We also understand that other support personnel have apparently said they have nothing to say on the matter at this time.
So there is still hope (and in all likelihood we think a very good chance) that there will be a character transfer feature, allowing fans to continue their progress in Red Dead Online without having to start over. That would mean countless hours of lost time, not to mention those cases where someone purchased Gold Bars. Rockstar is likely to address this question leading up to release.
The moment this situation is cleared up properly, you'll be able to read about it here.