When they first hit store shelves, GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption were considered some of Rockstar Games' finest works. However, just like its contemporaries, time hasn't been too kind to both games' graphics. So, when the rumors of a GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption remaster emerged last year, you can only imagine the excitement among the fanbase. The same fans also felt disappointed yesterday after finding out that Rockstar Games has since abandoned its initial plans.
Less than 24 hours later, Kotaku came forward with some positive news from its sources.
According to the popular video game website, Rockstar is "hoping that folks will forget all about the critically panned and botched classic GTA remasters released last year while it focuses most of its resources and energy on its next big game, Grand Theft Auto 6." In the same report, Kotaku confirmed that Rockstar is still open to doing a Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV remaster "after GTA 6 ships."
It definitely appears that the GTA Trilogy remasters affected Rockstar Games. This isn't the first time that Rockstar has been on the receiving end of controversy and fan backlash. But, we don't think that the sales figures of GTA Trilogy justified the negative PR. With so many customers asking for refunds, Rockstar probably couldn't risk angering fans further. Most still haven't moved on with how much it's milking GTA V following the release of the 2013 title's next-gen versions.
Now that all eyes are on GTA VI, Rockstar will want to give off the impression that it's all-in on the next GTA game even if it comes at the expense of its other plans.
If it's any consolation, Take-Two Interactive has several games scheduled for between now and 2025, which includes a remake of the first two Max Payne games.
Hopefully, this massive slate of projects, along with GTA 6, can help people forget about the past. Also, if you want to play Red Dead Redemption and GTA 4 on a modern console, both games are available on the Xbox Series S/X with improved loading times, frame rates, and graphics, via backwards compatibility.