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Red Dead Redemption, GTA 4 Remasters Reportedly Shelved for GTA 6 Development

According to a new report from Kotaku, Rockstar Games is looking to focus most of its resources and energy on Grand Theft Auto 6.
According to a new report from Kotaku, Rockstar Games is looking to focus most of its resources and energy on Grand Theft Auto 6. / Image courtesy of Rockstar Games

The planned remasters for Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto IV have been shelved as Rockstar Games focuses on its development for GTA VI, according to a report by Kotaku.

The move follows the rocky release of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition last year.

"According to sources with knowledge of Rockstar’s plans and future projects," the Kotaku report reads, "the publisher is hoping that folks will forget all about the critically panned and botched classic GTA remasters released last year while it focuses most of its resources and energy on its next big game, Grand Theft Auto 6."

As noted in the report, news about the topic first arose on Monday, in which trusty Rockstar leaker @TezFunz2 Tweeted that the Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV remasters were no longer "on the table."

The Kotaku report did also add, however, that remasters for Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV "aren’t entirely 'out of scope'" and could still happen in the future after GTA 6 is released.

Back in February, Rockstar initially confirmed that GTA 6 was in development.

In 2021, before the GTA remastered trilogy was released, Kotaku reported that Rockstar had plans to remaster some other classic titles in their portfolio, including Red Dead Redemption, but that they would be evaluating the sales performance of the 2021 offering, as well as its next-gen GTA V ports before making a move.

Now, following the poor reception of the trilogy release, it appears the plan is to finally move forward on the franchise's next chapter.