Rumor: Red Dead Redemption Remake Launching in Early 2021

Rumor: Red Dead Redemption Remake Launching in Early 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 June 2020 / 1,601 Views

Rockstar Games this generation has only released one new game, Red Dead Redemption 2, back in October 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and Windows PC in November 2019. Grand Theft Auto V technically released first on last generation consoles, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in September 2013. 

There is a rumor that with the success of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games is currently developing a remake of the first Red Dead Redemption. Information about the game was revealed by a leaker and spotted by GameRant

Rockstar Games plans to announce the remake sometime soon with a launch in the first half of 2021 for the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Windows PC.

Rumor: Red Dead Redemption Remake Launching in Early 2021

It is a complete remake of Red Dead Redemption using the engine from Red Dead Redemption 2. It will feature new missions and enhanced game mechanisms. The leaker also says a few of the original voice actors have been brought back to record new lines, including John Marston voice actor, Rob Wiethoff

The leaker also mentioned Grand Theft Auto VI won't get announced until at least Summer 2022.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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16 Comments

trunkswd (on 02 June 2020)

Rockstar already has half of the map done from RDR2 they can reuse and most of the character models already done from RDR2. I'd love a new prologue that connects the two games, mentions Arthur, and brings back Sadie and Charles in the remake of RDR1 as they were on the same side of John at the end of RDR2 and were still alive.


shikamaru317 (on 02 June 2020)

This is right up my alley as long as they don't stuff the over realism hunger and horse grooming mechanics into it. Sucks that the original voice actor for Landon Ricketts has died since the original, hopefully the replacement does a good job, or they just reuse the lines from the original.


Hynad (on 02 June 2020)

Very doubtful. But I would welcome a remakster of the original since I enjoyed it much more than RDR2, which I found the gameplay systems very tedious and more often than not boring.


John2290 (on 05 June 2020)

Called it in 2018 when I strolled onto the redone map in RDR2.


EnricoPallazzo (on 03 June 2020)

Thats nice but what about GTA4 remaster or xbox one x patch?


mushroomboy5 (on 02 June 2020)

Hope to hell this is true.


Chazore (on 02 June 2020)

I'd be interested in it, if it wasn't for the fact that RDR2 on PC is still buggy, costs a lot and requires me to install and run the R* client alongside Steam, so that's a "no" from me.


Blood_Tears (on 02 June 2020)

Probably end up just an up rez remaster then.


shikamaru317 (on 02 June 2020)

Doubtful. The original game is already playable in 4K on Xbox thanks to an Xbox One X enhancement, which will also be playable on Xbox Series X thanks to backwards compatibility. If they can't sell a remaster on 1 of 3 platforms, they probably aren't doing a remaster. Most likely it is a full on remake of the original on the RDR2 engine. Half the map of RDR1 is already in the RDR2 engine, they just need to update the graphics for RDR1's Mexico map, update some character models (some can be reused from RDR2, with just a few minor changes), and work in a few extra story missions to deal with the characters that survived RDR2, yet didn't appear in the original RDR1.


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SecondWar (on 02 June 2020)

Would be interested to if they add in some extra content to tie in some bits of RDR2. For instances, characters like Sadie and Charles who weren't in RDR1 but survived RDR2.


trunkswd (on 02 June 2020)

That would be good move and maybe have a prologue that connects the timeline between the two games.


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SKMBlake (on 02 June 2020)

More like a Definitive Edition like Xenoblade then


UnderwaterFunktown (on 02 June 2020)

This only really seems believable if its a "remake" in the same vein as Xenoblade, where they're essentially rebuilding the same game in a new engine and with a bit more content thrown in there.


Otter (on 02 June 2020)

This sounds wasteful. They have other IPs they can be giving attention too


Otter (on 02 June 2020)

And I mean because Red Dead Redemption still holds up, and we just got RDR2.


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trunkswd (on 02 June 2020)

Half of the world is already done as it has been recreated in RDR2, as well as the character models for the majority of the main characters. So they wouldn't be starting from scratch.


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