Rumours of a Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release have occasionally surfaced, rekindling our hopes that Rockstar’s wild west adventure will one day come to the platform. There’s been Social Club source code, a LinkedIn mention, and Stadia Rockstar information stoking the flames of speculation. In the meantime, a modder previously decided to remaster the game’s console-only predecessor, 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, for PC with a mod project – but now it looks like he’s putting the brakes on.
The Red Dead Redemption: Damned Enhancement Project, by modder Damneddev, looks to remaster the game for PC gameplay using emulators. It uses a “direct modification of a Xenia/RPCS3” – or emulated Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 – version of the game, according to information posted on the GTA forums site about the project.
However, as spotted by DSOGaming, it appears that the modder has now halted the project. Damneddev has updated the post with the notice “please note project halted. Update video will [be] made and will explain. I’m not very happy. Please understand for time being, all will be explained.” In addition, he has posted on Twitter about the project, saying that “atm things are halted.” There’s no sign of a video explaining what the cause of this halting is just yet, however.
While it’s unconfirmed, we can speculate that the modder perhaps received some legal pressure over the project which has resulted in it being halted. The game’s IP owners are of course entitled to decide what happens with its content, but if this is the reason, it does mean the future of the Damned Enhancement Project is now in question.
According to Damneddev, the remaster is intended to have “redefined graphical elements in high quality, including but not limited to textures, UI/UX menu elements, in-game HUD, draw optimisations, shader and model updates, alpha/beta stuff” plus more. He says that the project’s goal is to “remaster and optimise the game to run and look better, from within the Xenia/RPCS3 emulators on console level hardware.” So, the mod would require the game to run.
While the trailer on the post’s page says that the mod’s version one release is “coming soon,” given that the project’s now on standby, it’s not clear if we’ll see it get to the point of release.