Can you believe it’s been six months since Rockstar Games officially revealed Red Dead Redemption 2? You would think the sequel would be a lock on PC, but so far the only official platforms are Xbox One and PS4. GTA V made its way to PC, eventually (18 months after its first release on Xbox 360 and PS3). Let’s cross our fingers that Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t take as long.
If you’re looking for some Red Dead Redemption action a little sooner on PC, keep an eye on one group of modders. They’re bringing the entire world of Red Dead Redemption into Grand Theft Auto 5 via a massive mod. It’s called Red Dead Redemption 5 and will bring the classic open-world game into 2017. Mostly through visual upgrades. Most of the normal maps are being remade since they are half the size on consoles. The modders also say they are adding bells and whistles like Parallax Occlusion Mapping and Tessellation.
Here are a couple of images showing the scope of the mod.
A teaser trailer will drop soon with a beta release set for Summer.
Bringing Red Dead Redemption is no easy feat. Two years of work has gotten them this far. And they could still use some help. From the FAQ:
We are mostly looking for programmers who are able to help us reverse engineer the file formats. We are also looking for scripters who are able to remake any of the game’s original content over to GTAV, think minigames and certain mechanics such as Dead Eye Targeting. If you have experience creating normal, specular and height maps, you are also welcome. When possible, we will also need converters for Vehicles, characters and animals.
As you can see, getting Red Dead Redemption up and running as a mod isn’t easy. A lot of reverse engineering is going on behind the scenes to make this happen.
The mod will also let us hit the Wild West with friends. The map will be available through third party online clients, though. Don’t expect to fire up GTA Online and play around. The modding team is adamant about not condoning the use of the mod in GTA Online.
I’ll update this post once a trailer and more screenshots are released. The team says they are still making sure everything is working good with the map before showing all of it off.
Outside of PlayStation Now, this mod is one of the only ways to get your Red Dead Redemption fix on PC. It won’t be the exact game, but it should still be pretty sweet.
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