This week is going to be a big one in gaming. PlayStation is making sure of that. Tomorrow, the folks at PlayStation will be at the PlayStation Theater in New York City for the PlayStation meeting. Here’s the live stream link for when the action kicks off at 12:00 pm PT (3:00 pm ET).
But there’s another rumor floating around. Korea game website GameFocus is reporting a Red Dead Redemption remastered is in the works. And Rockstar Games is going to unveil it tomorrow during the PlayStation Meeting (UPDATE: The PlayStation Meeting came and went with no signs of Red Dead Redemption remastered. This rumor goes in the same pile as most rumors). The rumored remaster is said to be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC. That’s right. PC owners may soon get their crack at one of the best open-world games from the last generation of consoles.
As with any rumor, take it with a huge grain of salt. The good news is we’ll know if this rumor pans out by tomorrow. We don’t have to sit around for months wondering if it’s true. And don’t get your hopes up about the Red Dead Retribution flyer floating around the internet. It looks cool, but it’s just a mock-up from a dedicated fan.
Should Rockstar remaster or make a sequel or both?
I’m not sure what to make of this rumor. Sure, plenty of games received the remaster treatment. And many still are. But RockStar hasn’t made any indication about remastering games. Yeah, GTA V came out for both Xbox 360/PS3 and Xbox One/PS4, but that wasn’t a remaster. The release of the game was so close to new hardware releases, it was a no-brainer for RockStar games to release it again.
But there is a case for a Red Dead Redemption remastered. First, gamers want them. Just look at something like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remastered. There might be just as much excitement for that as there is for Infinite Warfare. Red Dead Redemption would see similar excitement.
Second, Take-Two Interactive (who owns RockStar Games) is doing remasters. BioShock: The Collection is coming next week (via 2K Games, which is the publishing arm of Take-Two). So, a Red Dead Redemption remaster isn’t completely out of the question.
Some might argue that a remaster doesn’t make much sense because the game is now backward compatible on Xbox One. If anything, it makes me want one more. The servers are a trainwreck on Red Dead Redemption. At least, they were when I tried playing it recently.
On the flip side, I want to see what RockStar can do with a Red Dead Redemption sequel. A clean slate. Take the things they learned from GTA V and apply them to Red Dead Redemption. Minus the microtransactions. GTA V-style heists onboard a train cruising through the wild west? Sign me the hell up!
Or, give us both. Bring on another developer to handle the remaster while the main RockStar team forges ahead with a new entry.
Worse case scenario? GameFocus is wrong and tomorrow comes and goes with no sign of Red Dead Redemption.
Best case scenario? GameFocus is half right. RockStar shows up tomorrow not with a remaster, but a new entry. And Sony’s PlayStation Meeting brings down the house.
Which would you rather have? Red Dead Redemption remastered, or an entirely new one?