According to a prominent leaker and reported by Kotaku, Rockstar has canceled their plans for Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 4 remasters in order to focus on GTA 6. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase everything you need to know about this leak.

Why are Red Dead 1 and GTA 4 remasters canceled?

Looks like after the recent abysmal release of GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition, Rockstar has decided to steer clear of doing remasters unless they can use their own studio. The Definitive Edition was worked on by a third-party company that previously only work on the Android port of GTA and has no experience remastering such a big game.

Is GTA 6 being developed?

In an earlier report this year, Rockstar revealed that they are working on GTA 6. Looks like it is all hands on deck now and they cannot spare any personnel for other projects such as remasters. IGN reported that GTA 6 has been in development hell since 2020, and it is still quite awhile from release. Further reports pegged the game to arrive in 2024 or 2025.

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What went wrong with GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition?

Game issues

The remasters were made by Grove Street Games, formerly War Drum Studios. They were responsible for the GTA San Andreas port of PS3 and X360, which is a major disaster on launch. The game trilogy was apparently made by an AI tool from Epic Games, which automatically scales its asset up.

As there is no human involved, there are a lot of bugs, glitches, and outright downgrades. This is unacceptable for a "definitive" version of the iconic game. Even the Rockstar Launcher bugs out on players as well. The PC version was down for several days for "maintenance", preventing some players from playing the game. This is due to Rockstar uploading the wrong version of the game, which includes license-expired songs that they haven't removed.

There have been a lot of issues since launch, and many of them have yet to be dealt with. Below are a few examples of why people gave it such a low user score:

  • All 3 games run at a mediocre FPS.
  • Some missions can't be completed due to bugs and oversight.
  • Numerous graphical bugs can be found throughout the game.
  • Rain particle effects look very distracting.
  • Some character models look good but others look outright bizarre.

Rockstar treats the fanbase badly

The remastered collection of GTA 3D universe launched with a lot of problems even before the games are released, from both Rockstar and the game itself.

Firstly, Rockstar send DMCA notices to the modders who created the best graphical upgrade mods for GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, removing their mods from the main page. Afterward, Rockstar removes the original games from all storefronts. Players just can't get them anymore and any new player must either pirate or buy the remaster.

The price point of the trilogy is also disputed by a lot of players, as $60 is pretty hefty for such as remaster.

GTA removed from steam
You can no longer buy the game on Steam.

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