A recent leak from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent shockwaves through the gaming community, revealing exciting news for fans of the critically acclaimed western epic, Red Dead Redemption 2. Originally released in late 2018, the game garnered widespread praise and even earned a prestigious Game Awards nomination for Game of the Year. However, in the subsequent years, the game’s online component struggled to maintain its momentum, especially when compared to Rockstar’s wildly successful Grand Theft Auto Online. This ultimately led to the game losing Rockstar’s support last year, leaving many fans disheartened.
The diminishing support for Red Dead Online, coupled with the infamous debacle surrounding the 2021 launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, has caused sentiment towards Rockstar Games to sour. To make matters more complicated, Rockstar’s decision to release a port of the original Red Dead Redemption for PS4 and Nintendo Switch was met with disappointment due to its steep price tag of $50 for a relatively straightforward port of a game that originally hit the market in 2010.
Despite these recent missteps, there is a glimmer of hope for fans of Red Dead Redemption 2. According to the FTC leak, which exposed a trove of information about Xbox’s plans for the coming years in May 2022, it was revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to receive a native release on Xbox Series X|S sometime between January and March of 2024. Given that Red Dead 2 is a third-party game, it’s reasonable to expect a native PS5 version to follow suit.
The leaked document specifically highlighted Xbox‘s interest in bringing Red Dead Redemption 2 to Game Pass on day one. To facilitate this, Xbox anticipates that Rockstar will request a hefty $5 million per month to launch the port on Xbox’s subscription service if they agree to a Game Pass deal. This move aligns with Rockstar’s previous practices, notably their release of Grand Theft Auto 5 across multiple console generations since its debut a decade ago. The big question lingering in gamers’ minds is whether a native PS5 and Series X|S version of Red Dead 2 will justify another full purchase, considering that the backward compatible versions of the title still offer an impressive gaming experience.
With the release of this native current-gen version of Red Dead Redemption 2 targeted for the first quarter of 2024, fans can likely expect more details to emerge before the year’s end, possibly at The Game Awards in December. While rumors of Red Dead Redemption 3 are swirling in the gaming rumor mill, it’s almost certain that the eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 will be Rockstar’s next major release.
As of now, Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but the prospect of its arrival on the latest generation of consoles has gamers eagerly awaiting further updates.