Red Dead Redemption 2 For Switch Possibly Leaked By Target


Disregard the date - we're not hopping on the April's Fools bandwagon, and this particular piece of news originates from the last days of March anyway.

After Target posted, then quickly pulled, a product listing for a possible Nintendo Switch port of Red Dead Redemption 2 it seems like the game might hit the hybrid console after all.

The possibility of a Switch port of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been hotly debated ever since the game was announced. Being the first game Rockstar developed from the ground up for the current generation, RDR2 was always poised to be a graphical marvel, and the Switch isn't built for the kind of fidelity that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One deliver.

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However, on the flip side, a number of major AAA games with similar graphical strengths were ported to the console with a minor visual downgrade. Doom (2016) was a prime example of this.

Some thought that the game's mature content didn't line up with Nintendo's family-friendly approach, but mature third-party titles have appeared on Nintendo platforms for decades. Plus, you know, Doom. Nonetheless, no such port was ever announced, and eventually, Nintendo's own Reggie Fils-Aimé touched upon the subject in an official statement.

Target was quick to edit the listing referred to, but not before some fans grabbed screenshots and confirmed that this wasn't just a photo edit someone threw together for kicks. The game carried the standard $59 AAA price tag as the other two, already available versions on PS4 and Xbox One.

While it is entirely possible that this was accidental, should it turn out to be true it may end up retroactively explaining the reports of a graphical downgrade hitting Red Dead Redemption 2 with recent patches. While the PS4 and XBO versions wouldn't need to be affected to facilitate a downgrade for the Switch, there may still be a relation between the two.

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Maybe Rockstar is testing planned graphical downgrades for a Switch port on the current versions, with the downgrade to be rolled back later on. Maybe these changes were planned for the Switch and their inclusion in patches for retail versions was accidental and was intended for internal testing only.

We're interested to see if the near future holds any official announcements about other platforms such as the Nintendo Switch getting Red Dead Redemption 2.


Aron Gerencser
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