Rockstar Games has been hailed as one of the greatest video game publishers of all time, with each new release by them ushering in a revolution in the open-world genre and gaming as a whole. There’s no surprise then, that some fans want to be able to experience some of Rockstar’s best games again. Fans have long clamored for a rerelease of games such as Red Dead Redemption, frequently called one of Rockstar’s best games, as it has been left to only be experienced on old hardware such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. So imagine our surprise when it was recently revealed by an industry insider on Twitter, that Rockstar planned to make remasters of GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption. Yes, planned to.
As per a reliable source with clear accuracy on Rockstar plans, remasters of GTA IV & RDR1 were on the table a few years ago, but Rockstar chose not to proceed with the projects in mind.
— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) July 4, 2022
If this is to be believed, this means that at some point in time the original Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto IV were in talks to be remastered and released but the ideas were scrapped.
The big question as to why Rockstar would willingly let their greatest games remain on older platforms is a big one, but it’s not a mystery. It most likely has something to do with the “Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition“. Although fans were excited about it at launch, it quickly turned out that these remasters were poorly developed, and badly optimized, and the upgraded visuals downright made the trilogy look uglier than the games it was remastering.
Rockstar probably felt it was better to cancel the plans altogether, rather than risk it and potentially lose money. The company has been having trouble avoiding controversy recently, from the GTA 5 Expanded and Enhanced Edition to GTA+, the company must’ve thought that they don’t need to make any more decisions that might put them in hot water.
How Do I Play GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption?
For fans looking to play GTA IV, there is a PC port of them available on Steam. Otherwise, they can play it on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
For Red Dead Redemption there’s no easy answer. Ever since its release in 2010, it’s only been available on Xbox 360 and PS3. For fans looking to play it on newer consoles, they could check out the recently released PlayStation Plus Premium Tier, which allows you to stream the game. The downside being you need a good internet connection and input delay will be an issue. If you’re looking to play it on a PC, you could try emulating a PS3 using an emulator such as RPCS3, but unless you have a powerful computer it will be difficult. In the time being, let’s be hopeful that Rockstar releases a remaster of these two games someday.