- Red Dead Redemption 2, a highly acclaimed game, will be released on current-gen consoles in 2024, according to a new leak, providing a new opportunity for fans to experience it.
- The leak specifically mentions a native Xbox Series X|S port set to release between January and March 2024, but a native PS5 version should also be expected.
- Since the backward compatible versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 still look impressive, fans may be wondering if a native PS5 and Series X|S version is worth purchasing.
A new FTC leak reveals that the critically acclaimed western Red Dead Redemption 2 is soon to be making its way to current-gen hardware. Red Dead Redemption 2 originally launched in late 2018 to high praise, even earning itself a Game Awards nomination for Game of the Year. However, in the subsequent years the game’s Online component struggled to find its footing compared to Rockstar’s wildly successful Grand Theft Auto Online, and lost Rockstar’s support last year.
Although Red Dead Redemption 2 was widely celebrated at its release, the loss of support for its online mode sparked discontent among many fans. Coupled with the disastrous launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition in 2021, sentiment toward Rockstar has been less-than favorable as of late. Most recently, Rockstar had released a port of the original Red Dead Redemption to PS4 and Nintendo Switch, which was met with disappointment over its hefty price tag of $50 for a simple port of a game released in 2010.
Despite Rockstar’s recent stumbles, fans of Red Dead Redemption 2 may be happy to hear about the game finally making its way to current-gen consoles natively. As part of a massive FTC leak from May 2022, which unfortunately revealed much of Xbox’s plans in the upcoming years, it was uncovered that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a native Xbox Series X|S release sometime between January and March of 2024. Of course, since Red Dead 2 is a third-party game, a native PS5 version should also be expected.
The specific document in the leak focused on potential games Xbox could attempt to bring to Game Pass on day one. As such, Xbox expects Rockstar to ask for $5 million per month to launch the port day one on Xbox’s service, if Rockstar is willing to strike a Game Pass deal. A current generation port of Red Dead Redemption 2 is very much in-line with Rockstar’s practices, as it did the same with Grand Theft Auto 5 across several new console generations since its launch a decade ago. The question remains whether a native PS5 and Series X|S version of Red Dead 2 will warrant another full purchase, as the backward compatible versions of the title still look impressive.
With this native current-gen version of Red Dead Redemption 2 aiming for Q1 2024, it’s likely that fans could learn more before the end of the year, perhaps at The Game Awards in December. Although Red Dead Redemption 3 is rumored to be in the works at Rockstar, the long awaited and hotly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 is all but confirmed to be the studio’s next major release.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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