Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Port Possibly Outed By DRM Leak

With hopes that there might be a Red Dead Redemption 2 Superbowl trailer busted, players are back to speculation for RDR2. This is generally what happens when information-starved fans don't get anything new about their favorite game series... which happens to be getting its first new release in 7 years.

Between "I hope RDR2 has feature X" and "I think we'll get a trailer in Y days" there isn't much of substance out there, however a recent database leak from one of the biggest digital rights management companies just might have given us something to speak about.


Those of you who are well-versed in the world of video games will know Denuvo as a digital rights management (DRM) provider. DRM, when it works, prevents you from sharing and pirating a game. On the other hand, when it doesn't work as expected, DRM can prevent legitimate buying customers from playing their games while letting crackers and pirates right through with zero resistance.

Recently, Denuvo made headlines for something that proves not all publicity is good publicity. The company's latest blunder involved its DRM software "protecting" the highly anticipated Resident Evil 7 (otherwise known as Resident EVII) that was cracked within 5 days of release. Denuvo is among the most used (and most despised) forms of DRM alongside notorious software such as Securom. Many major publishers have moved on from these solutions, and rather tie their games to online services like Steam, Origin or Uplay to manage digital rights.

Recently, Denuvo's site had a technical issue and gave all users unrestricted access. Albeit very brief, this access and subsequent leak was immediately exploited and information was siphoned off from the database, giving insight into what future titles may be coming to PC straddled with this... thing, amongst other stuff.

The most important takeaway from this for our purposes is that it appears Rockstar will be using Denuvo in the future. Denuvo is only used on PC. If Rockstar will be using it, then they will be releasing something for PC. Their only upcoming game that we know about is Red Dead Redemption 2. Putting two and two together here shouldn't be too hard.

RDR2 getting an eventual release on PC in spite of no PC version having been announced is a common expectation. Since GTA 5 pulled a similar stunt, releasing the PC port almost 2 years after initial launch, many think the PC port will simply arrive later - maybe much later. There are a handful of good arguments to support a PC port. If we were to compare the ports of GTA 4 and GTA 5, massive strides forward can be noted, meaning Rockstar pumped a lot of cash into upgrading their PC development pipeline and structure. They're unlikely to allow that investment to go down the drain with their first new project since.

Another argument is demand. It's obvious there is a market for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, as evidenced by this petition. Now, I can already hear the "petitions don't work" crowd coming out of the woodwork, but allow me to point you towards the Bikers DLC for GTA Online, the existence of which is thanks to a popular petition. Add to that pretty much the entire PC community clamoring for the previous game in the franchise ever since launch, and it's clear RDR2 would sell like hot cakes on PC.

Of course, this doesn't outright confirm anything. It's entirely possible Rockstar won't opt to use Denuvo in the end, especially after this debacle. In any case, the bad news here is that RDR2 might launch on PC with Denuvo - and the good news is that RDR2 might launch on PC.

Aron Gerencser
Aron is up to date on all the daily happenings with regard to Red Dead Redemption 2 and that's why you'll find he posts most of the news here at Aron is also a massive fan of Rockstar Games' other smash hit, Grand Theft Auto V. You can find Aron on Facebook.