April 15, 2024

Followers have lengthy needed Rockstar Video games to launch a next-gen patch or up to date model of Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 that may let the big recreation make the most of the extra highly effective PS5 and Xbox Sequence X/S consoles. That’s not occurred but, regardless that many have speculated about it. And new paperwork reveal that even Microsoft was anticipating a next-gen RDR 2 to be out by now.

Launched in 2018, Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 is an enormous open-world western and a prequel to the unique, critically acclaimed Crimson Lifeless Redemption. When RDR 2 was first launched, there weren’t any next-gen machines out but, so the sport solely got here out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Nevertheless, after Grand Theft Auto V and GTA On-line acquired fancy next-gen upgrades in 2022, many assumed RDR 2 would get equally improved ports. 5 years after its preliminary launch, it nonetheless hasn’t occurred, leaving many followers disillusioned and pissed off.

In newly leaked paperwork and emails, it seems the parents at Xbox had been, like so many Rockstar followers, additionally anticipating a next-gen replace. In a doc displaying Summer season 2022 emails between Xbox boss Phil Spencer and different execs about buying extra video games for the corporate’s subscription service, Recreation Move, we see a chart that’s principally a wishlist of potential video games so as to add. And listed in that chart is an entry for RDR 2’s “gen 9” launch.

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In keeping with Microsoft, the corporate anticipated Rockstar Video games to launch this “gen 9” model of RDR2 in FY23Q2 aka between October and November of 2022. Within the doc, Microsoft means that Rockstar and mum or dad firm Take-Two Interactive will need round $5 million a month to convey the next-gen model of RDR2 to Recreation Move on day one. Additional, it estimated round 10 million hours of the sport could be performed every month.

Based mostly on the chart, Microsoft thought of its probabilities to safe RDR2’s next-gen port as a day one Recreation Move launch “very low” and listed its “Wow Issue” at medium. It additionally wasn’t certain if it will be capable to get RDR2’s 2 PC port as a part of the deal.

After all, all of this planning and preparation was for nothing, as Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 nonetheless doesn’t have a next-gen replace or port. It’s a disgrace, as the sport would look fantastic on the extra highly effective machines and would doubtless be capable to run at 60fps, a giant improve over the 30fps the sport is presently locked to. Alas, it appears Rockstar is concentrated on the long run and is busy growing the subsequent entry within the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which we all know fairly a bit about because of a separate, completely different leak from final 12 months.