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Rumor: GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption Remasters Were in Development Before Being Cancelled

Rumor: GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption Remasters Were in Development Before Being Cancelled - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 July 2022 / 1,446 Views

Rockstar insider Tez2 who has previously leaked Grand Theft Auto Online content, has said via Twitter he has heard from a reliable source that Rockstar had plans to release remasters of Grand Theft Auto IV and the original Red Dead Redemption

"As per a reliable source with clear accuracy on Rockstar plans, remasters of GTA IV & RDR1 were on the table a few years ago, but Rockstar chose not to proceed with the projects in mind," said the insider.

"The poor reception of the Trilogy DE might be a reason behind that decision."

Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition in November 2021. It included remasters of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The remaster collection was poorly received due to a lot of technical issues. Rockstar has since apologized for the state of the game and has been releasing updates to improve the collection.


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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 05 July 2022)

"The poor reception of the Trilogy DE might be a reason behind that decision."

Ugh, I hope that isn't the case. Mainly because so many companies never realize, or ignore, that they just put out a crap product, and immediately place blame on the product being poorly received, therefore, people must not want it. We want it, just done well lol. GTA Trilogy DE was a crap port of the mobile versions of the games with some touchup.

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twintail gtotheunit91 (on 05 July 2022)

'might' is the operative word here. Sounds like the dude is just voicing their opinion on the rumour. The trilogy sound so well that 'poor reception' is an irrelevant way to categorise them.

if anything, the remaster/ remakes are probably being delayed to focus on GTA6, which will inevitably be of far more importance.

that said, I hope we can at least see the PS1 games put onto PS+. (and Chinatown wars!)

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victor83fernandes twintail (on 05 July 2022)

GTA6 takes at least 200x more development time and resources than a GTA 4 remaster.#
GTA4 was already done, all they have to do on a remaster is bump resolution and performance. No need for writing, creating the missions, voice acting, direction, music and sound, controls etc
There is no logic in stopping such a small project because of the way bigger project, if they have 300 developers, they could put 2 or 3 to do the work.

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Companies do not realize their games are poor, developers do, but people who actually do the business part they do not even know anything about gaming, they most likely don't even play videogames, they probably do not even talk to the developers. Example, I work in the accounts of an hotel, I take care of numbers, I do not actually know if the food is actually any good. All I see is if anything sells or not.

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VAMatt (on 05 July 2022)

Well, if they were just going to pump out some trash remasters like the trilogy, I'm glad they canceled it.

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Darwinianevolution (on 05 July 2022)

So they make a quick rushed port of the PS2 GTAs, they failed critically due to said rushed job, and thus they conclude the problem is that there's no interest in old remasters, instead of said rushed job. Makes sense.

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Wrong, that's not how the world works. The suits checked the sales for a product, said product sold poorly, conclusion do not invest in said product. They checked the profits for the mainline game GTA5 and conclude they should invest everything in the GTA6. They have no idea about bugs, or performance or the reasons for why people buy said games. All they see is the numbers.
You do not actually think the developers are running the business of a multi million dollar company.

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Chazore (on 05 July 2022)

All I ever wanted from R* was a competent remaster of the GTA Trilogy and a remaster of RDR 1, that's honestly all I ever wanted and they didn't deliver on either.

Instead we've got a fudged trilogy remaster, RDR2 economy/content dying off compared to other game eco's, and nothing for RDR1, yet GTA V still gets MP only content updates to funnel more money from whales...

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Ka-pi96 (on 06 July 2022)

But why? They would've sold a shit tonne!

Can't really blame it on the re-released trilogy either, since that sold incredibly well relative to its quality.

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Spike0503 (on 05 July 2022)

A shame if true. I'm a big fan of GTA IV and RDR was really good. I'd enjoy playing them again over GTA V which I played once and have not touched since.

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Guidodi (on 05 July 2022)

Didn't the trilogy sold like 10 million copies just at launch and it probably sold some more since then.... How is that a poor reception?

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victor83fernandes (on 05 July 2022)

what a shame, I would have bought both, the only reason I don't play them anymore is graphics. Lack of antialiasing and very low resolution, was it even 720p? Probably less.

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JEMC (on 05 July 2022)

Something from that tweet doesn't add up. How could the remasters be in the table "a few years ago", but didn't move forward because of the crappy GTA Trilogy that came out last year?
Either the remakes were on the table until last year, not several years ago, or the poor reception of Trilogy had nothing to do with their fate because it hadn't launched yet, but not both.
By the way, Zelnick said that the sals from the Trilogy exceeded their expectations, but that could be a lie to hide the disaster.

In any case, it's a real shame.

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victor83fernandes JEMC (on 05 July 2022)

Makes all sense to me, how can you not get it? They had planned to release the remaster of the trilogy and follow with the remaster of the 4th game. So, they started with the trilogy before starting to work on the 4th game.

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