After countless rumors claiming the impending return of Red Dead Redemption on modern platforms, Rockstar has finally made the news official… mostly. Industry giant, Rockstar Games, unleashed the trailer for the re-release of John Marston’s Western epic, but the announcement isn’t leaving the community overjoyed.
First off, the re-release of Red Dead Redemption is just that: a re-release. Unlike the rumors stated, Rockstar is simply porting the original game to newer consoles. The only difference here is that several new languages will be supported this time around. Those hoping to see Red Dead Redemption in native 4K at 60fps are left sorely disappointed. The loftier dream of the PS3/Xbox 360-era game being rebuilt in Red Dead Redemption 2‘s next-gen engine, which a handful of rumors alleged, came crashing down even further after today’s news. The lesson? Never put your faith in unsubstantiated claims on the internet.
The next piece of this puzzling announcement is that the simple re-release will only be debuting on PlayStation 4 — a necessity given that the game was removed from PS Plus/Now at the end of 2022 — and Nintendo Switch. The lack of an Xbox Series X|S release is not all that surprising given the platform’s 4K upscaling capabilities for the title already via backwards compatibility. It’s the complete absence of PC that has left many scratching their heads. But again, this is par for the course when it comes to Rockstar. The company has a trend of launching console versions first with no mention of a PC counterpart, only to add the platform 6-12 months down the road.
For those still interested in checking out Red Dead Redemption and its phenomenal Undead Nightmare DLC once more, digital copies will be made available starting August 17th with physical copies hitting store shelves on October 13th. Both versions will carry a price tag of $49.99.