The former buzz around a possible PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been more or less drowned out by the huge deal that the game actually being released (on PS4 and Xbox One only) was, however a new rumor may bring that discussion back into the spotlight.
In the realm of leaks, the hierarchy ranges from text to photo to video in terms of least believable to most, and this time we have a video on our hands.
Of course, videos can also be faked, they're just harder to do and easier to spot. In this case, we have something that looks extremely legitimate - and even if it isn't, the effort of making such a believable fake is impressive in and of itself. We're talking about a 26-second clip that shows a few moments of gameplay, with the rest being dedicated to showing off the options menu for graphical settings. As leaks often are, the video is out of focus and blurry, but you can still make out a lot of the options.
The video shows that you can switch between fullscreen and windowed mode, change the resolution, toggle vSync and FXAA, adjust the refresh rate and tweak scaling and various graphical qualities. What makes the video even more believable is that it shows the resolution being changed, which would be rather difficult to fake.
A few options that are generally standard issue are missing, but the footage doesn't show the whole range of options as whoever is controlling the game doesn't scroll completely down.
All we actually see in the footage is the menu with a split second of Arthur taking a step forward before said menu is brought up. The button prompts show keyboard commands, though seeing as the Xbox One recently gained mouse and keyboard support, that isn't such a huge deal anymore. The menus look legit enough, and the resolution change is what really sells this leak.
Now, even if we were to believe this - remember, no matter how convincing, nothing save official statements from Rockstar can be fully believed - it doesn't automatically mean that the PC version is near.
A port like this would likely require a lot of optimization and tweaking, so provided the footage is legit, we're looking at a dev build of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, not anything ready to be released to the public.
You can bet that there will be a large gap between release and announcement if this turns out to be real, and even the announcement hasn't happened yet.
Fans are certainly interested in playing the game on their computers. A petition went up back when RDR2 was first announced and often you could see comments stating that some players would "wait until the PC version is released".
We'll keep you up to date on any developments regarding a possible PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2.