Update: Rockstar apparently shelved the initiative to bring Red Dead Redemption II to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
This is according to Tez2, the same leaker who previously revealed that Rockstar scrapped plans for Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption remasters.
In an exchange on Twitter (via VGC), someone asked whether it is safe to assume that these next-gen versions aren’t happening. Tez2 replied:
“Yes. I’ve heard about those a long time ago. As well as their plan to come up with an Enhanced Rockstar Editor. All cancelled/halted now.”
Rockstar was, according to one insider, planning to remaster Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption. But the company decided against it, after the reception to Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy—The Definitive Edition.
Rockstar leaker Tez2, who has leaked information accurately in the past (via VGC) spoke about the planned remasters on Twitter:
“As per a reliable source with clear accuracy on Rockstar plans, remasters of GTA IV and RDR1 were on the table a few years ago, but Rockstar chose not to proceed with the projects in mind. The poor reception of the Trilogy DE might be a reason behind that decision.”
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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy—The Definitive Edition did not go down well at launch. There were quite a few issues with the games, from their missing licensed music to their odd visual quirks. In VideoGamer’s review of the game, I said:
“The costs, doubtless, were calculated and the losses deemed acceptable. The truth of that is for every player to decide. If these games shaped or changed you, you might find the notion of their being shaped and changed, in turn, an unwelcome one. I find it tough to have anything but sympathy for Grove Street Games. When it comes to Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, time, it turns out, hasn’t threatened their status as definitive works. It has secured it.”