According to recent rumors, Rockstar Games is currently concentrating on creating Grand Theft Auto 6 and has abandoned all remakes as a result of the negative reviews for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, according to Kotaku’s sources.
Many Rockstar fans were drawn to a tweet from Tez, a frequently trustworthy and reliable GTA insider, yesterday. Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV remakes were reportedly no longer “on the table,” possibly as a result of the disastrous GTA Trilogy remakes from last year. Despite some doubts, I can attest that Tez’s tweet is accurate and consistent with what I’ve been told.
Rockstar is hoping that people will forget about the poorly received and poorly executed Grand Theft Auto classic remasters that were released last year while it concentrates most of its resources and energy on its upcoming big game, Grand Theft Auto 6, which Rockstar earlier this year confirmed was in development, according to sources with knowledge of the publisher’s plans and upcoming projects.
Grand Theft Auto 6 is the current priority, but I’ve been told that Red Dead Redemption and a GTA IV remake aren’t completely “out of scope” and could still happen in the future, after GTA 6 is released.
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Rockstar had plans to remaster Red Dead Redemption at the time of our report last year, which confirmed the existence of the GTA Trilogy remasters that were then rumored. The publisher had been considering remastering RDR for a few years prior to the publication of the report, but after the failure of last year’s remasters and the rising popularity of GTA 6, the publisher has changed its mind once more and is moving on to the next big thing without looking back, at least for the time being.
When I wrote that article, sources told me that future remastering projects would be heavily influenced by how well the remasters were received and sold.
For those who don’t remember, the GTA Trilogy was released in 2021 with a number of issues that made it difficult to enjoy the games on any platform. These issues included graphic bugs and other issues. Despite numerous fixes, many of these problems remained due to the remastered graphics and menus. It also didn’t help that Rockstar and Take-Two targeted old fan mods and projects prior to announcing the remastered trilogy, upsetting a community that might have intervened to fix the botched release.
None of my sources were able to provide a specific release date for Grand Theft Auto 6, but it appears that for the time being at least, the strategy is to move forward while hoping that people will put the past behind them.