Next gen upgrade for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been shelved

Rockstar Games was going to release a next gen upgrade version of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the latest consoles but those plans are now shelved.

That’s according to Tez2, a purported Rockstar insider who has shared accurate information about the company in the past. In a now deleted exchange on Twitter, Tez2 made the claim that an enhanced version of Red Dead Redemption 2 has been shelved.

When asked whether it was safe to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 will never get a next gen upgrade, Tez2 replied: “Yes. I’ve heard about those a long time ago. As well as their plan to come up with an Enhanced Rockstar Editor. All cancelled/halted now.” This remark follows comments made last week that Rockstar had also cancelled remasters of Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption.

Tez2 said that the remasters for GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption “were on the table a few years ago” but Rockstar then chose to not proceed with the project. They offered the reasoning that the poor reception of GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition could have been a determining factor in that decision.

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The sun sets on support for Red Dead Redemption 2

With that in mind, Rockstar has announced that they will no longer be introducing any major updates to Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode but will instead enhance existing modes.

“Over the past few years, we have been steadily moving more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series — understanding more than ever the need to exceed players’ expectations and for this next entry to be the best it can possibly be — and as a result, we are in the process of making some changes to how we support Red Dead Online.”

While the end of support for older games is always inevitable, it feels a bit disappointing to know that Red Dead Redemption 2, a game that’s only 4 years old won’t be getting any more post-release attention. Meanwhile the folks at Rockstar appear to be keeping their heads down as they focus on the next Grand Theft Auto.