Rockstar rumored to have canceled next-gen version of Red Dead Redemption 2

The latest development follows an earlier report where Rockstar is believed to have canceled remasters of GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption to work on GTA 6.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold nearly 50 million copies since launching in 2018. It could very well go past that 50 million mark with a next-gen version for the PS5 and Xbox Series S or X. Unfortunately, this is no longer part of Rockstar Games' plans.

The leaker described Rockstar Games' decision as an "absolute crime."
The leaker described Rockstar Games' decision as an "absolute crime."

According to the latest rumor floating around in the Wild West, Rockstar has dropped plans for a next-gen update of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Rockstar never confirmed that it was working on a new Red Dead Redemption 2 version for the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, but we do believe that the studio considered it and probably was even actively working on it.

The thing that stands out the most to us is Rockstar "cancelled/halted" the project knowing that the game would have been a sure hit. The worst part is that it appears to have affected what the leaker describes as an "Enhanced Rockstar Editor." Both projects would have kept audiences preoccupied until GTA 6 comes out.

GTA 6 is taking up a lot of Rockstar's resources.

We previously reported that GTA 6 will use the RAGE 9 engine and will feature a single-player campaign revolving around siblings on the opposite side of the law.

Then, Rockstar very subtly put Red Dead Online to rest so that it can focus on GTA 6 and still have enough to spare for GTA Online. We also came across information that Rockstar dropped plans to remaster GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption due to GTA 6 as well as the poor reception to Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

Rockstar Rumored To Have Canceled Next-gen Version Of Red Dead Redemption 2
For Rockstar Games to pool all its available sources towards GTA 6 suggests that it is feeling the pressure of making sure that the sixth mainline GTA installment sells just as well as its predecessor.

Hopefully, just like with the aforementioned remasters, Rockstar is still open to revisiting the plan to release Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X once it has finished working on GTA 6.

Ray Ampoloquio
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