New-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade leaked for 2024

New-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade leaked for 2024
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Tom Chapman

Published 

19th Sep 2023 16:43

If there's one thing Rockstar Games loves to do, it's get our hopes up. Alongside a mythical release date for GTA 6 and the underwhelming GTA Trilogy, there was disappointment that the recent Red Dead Redemption port wasn't a full-blown remake of 2010's cowboy caper.

Prepare to potentially be disappointed all over again, as a supposed new-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade has been leaked for PlayStation 5 and Xbox One. Better yet, Arthur Morgan could be saddling up as early as 2024 to paint the 2018 wagon with a fresh lick of paint.

New-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 port leaked for 2024

If you thought the tragic tale of John Marston was as good a cowboy game as you were going to get, that was nothing compared to when Red Dead Redemption 2 rode into town with Arthur Morgan. Although the game only came out in 2018, that's more than enough time to warrant a new-gen upgrade.

An internal email between Xbox boss Phil Spencer and Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Sarah Bond mentions a new-gen upgrade of Red Dead Redemption 2. Although this originates from May 2022, the pair were looking at the new-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 for a 2023 financial year release.

Deciphering the email, the mention of "FY23Q2" points toward the second quarter of 2023's financial year, meaning July to September. That release hasn't happened, but with the "Likely to close" column reading "very low," there's a chance it's slipped into 2024 while still hitting that 2023 financial year window. 

Could we still get a new-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade?

Red Dead Redemption 2 Arthur Morgan
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Much like new-gen upgrades for Cyperpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, and Fallout 4, it's easy to imagine Red Dead Redemption 2 getting the same treatment. The problem is, we know how fickle the gaming industry is. We saw similar whispers that Rockstar was planning a Red Dead Redemption remaster before plans changed.

It's no secret that the disappointment of the GTA Trilogy shook Rockstar, with reports that a supposed Bully sequel was canned alongside a GTA 4 remaster. Looking at the documents, it's suggested Rockstar wanted $5 million a month for a RDR2 upgrade, although Microsoft thinks it would bring 10 million hours a month to Game Pass.

We're no closer to finding out what happened to a mythical new-gen Red Dead Redemption 2 upgrade, and while it could stick a few more gold bars on Rockstar's mountain of money, it's probably safer to stick to making GTA 6 the best it can be. Let's be honest, that's the real cash cow. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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