It appears Take-Two Interactive has put the kibosh on a recently teased PC mod that placed Red Dead Redemption’s world inside Grand Theft Auto V. Created by “.White Team”, the mod, which has been two years in the making, was an attempt to port RDR’s map and some custom scripted content into the PC version of GTA V.
On April 22 the mod’s announcement trailer was yanked from YouTube. Fans immediately smelled trouble, and it wasn’t long until .White’s lead programmer, Mr. Leisurewear, posted a note on GTAforums: “I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted, and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project. So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn’t going to happen, sorry.”
While not an unusual step for a giant videogame developer to take (they want you to play the game on its intended platforms and control its distribution, after all!), the news quickly reverberated across the gaming community. Many fans are frustrated at Take-Two for pulling the plug, while others have been more pragmatic and understand the issues that a project of this nature invariably faces.
Take-Two undoubtedly had every right to kill the project, but it would worthwhile for them to take note of the fan support and passion behind .White’s mod, as evidenced by the ruckus that ensued following its cancellation. Plenty of fans are clearly eager to play a current-gen port/remaster of Red Dead Redemption (just how many, however, will undoubtedly decrease post RDR2’s release).
A port or remaster is unlikely to happen just now though, given that Grand Theft Auto V’s remaster on current-gen consoles came with a slew of new features, something Rockstar would have to consider topping or at the very least matching if it were to re-release Red Dead Redemption. And more importantly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just around the corner! Any hands that could be used to remaster RDR will be either feverishly finishing RDR2 or supporting GTA Online. No-one over at Take-Two or Rockstar will want any attention taken away from Red Dead Redemption 2 both behind the scenes or in public.
I guess we should all be thankful that you can still play RDR on the PS Now streaming service if you don’t have a physical copy.