This week has not been a good one for fans of Rockstar games, and there are millions of them. While there are still many players in GTA Online, it’s good to know that Rockstar is getting down to work on the next part of the single-player Grand Theft Auto 6 game. But this is sad news for fans of another great series.
Earlier this week, we heard rumors that Rockstar was postponing Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 remasters to focus on GTA 6 development. We then learned that Red Dead Online will no longer have major updates. Now we hear that Red Dead Redemption 2 on current generations is also canceled or put on hold.
The news comes from a trusted Rockstar insider, Tez2, who had previously spread the word about the canceled Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 remasters, which was later confirmed by Kotaku. Now, Tez2 has revealed that the developer is no longer interested in releasing an enhanced version of Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, at least not anytime soon.
Red Dead Redemption 2 would be considered an outstanding success by most developers and publishers were it not for the outstanding performance of GTA 5. But the cowboy sim, considered by many to be a masterpiece, has sold 43 million copies. So there are plenty of Arthur Morgan fans. However, the game does not have a version for modern generations, despite the fact that many fans yearn for it.
The game was originally released on PS4 and Xbox One and is a great technical achievement. It was later found to be best played on the Xbox One X, as this improved console can run the game in native 4K resolution at a near-fixed 30fps. Meanwhile, if you play Red Dead Redemption 2 on a more powerful PS5, the game doesn’t run at native 4K, but instead jumps to 1920 x 2160p. Xbox Series X/S consoles also practically work with the Xbox One X version.
It’s a shame, because Red Dead Redemption 2 remains one of the most beautiful games to date, and a current-gen version would make it shine even more. But it looks like we’ll have to wait as GTA 6 eats up all the resources of a small indie company.