Up For Debate - Should Rockstar remake, or remaster Red Dead Redemption 1 for PC?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, May 30, 2021 5:00 PM
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Rockstar Games is one of the biggest known video game developers of our time, releasing some of the most prolific and commercially successful titles of all time. But their tendency to focus on consoles over PC hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans, with PC ports coming out years after their console release. But there’s one game which has gone the longest time without a proper PC port: the original Red Dead Redemption.

Rockstar used to be a machine when it came to developing video games, coming out with a new release almost every year. Now the studio has slowed down a little after the overwhelming success of Grand Theft Auto 5, and it really could go either way as to why that is (maybe we’ll explore that in a future Up For Debate?).

But now their release schedule is slow, or at least much more spaced out between each other. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but why has RDR1 never made it to PC? Players have been asking that question for years, but it’s been so long now that Rockstar couldn’t just release it as is, and instead would be expected to remake it - or at the very least come out with a very good remaster.

So now the question isn’t should Rockstar release RDR1 on PC, it’s whether they should just remaster it (potentially a quicker release) or remake the entire game with brand new graphics and gameplay (potentially a much longer wait).

I’m assuming we’re all well versed enough now to not have to explain the difference between a remake and a remaster, the former taking a much longer time but would come with it’s own benefits, and the latter taking a much shorter time but being closer to the original game that was released on consoles.

If Rockstar did end up remaking Red Dead Redemption for PC, it would probably be in their latest engine that was used for Red Dead Redemption 2. They certainly have all the resources at their disposal in order to do such a task, but could potentially take years to develop even if they already had a lot of the raw data and infrastructure of the original game.

They could always do a 'light' remake, a somewhat hybrid of a remake and remaster, with brand new graphics but the same original game systems and audio. Or they could go the full remake and completely redo everything from the ground up, including the audio and motion capture.

Either way, the bottom line is fans want RDR1 on PC, and it may never come at all (at least not officially). But if Rockstar did find the time and energy to bring it to PC, what would be the best way to do it?

What do you think? Should Rockstar remake, or remaster Red Dead Redemption 1 for PC? What are the pros and cons of either? And how long would each take if they started now? Let’s debate!

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08:00 Jun-02-2021

from alot of the rumors that i have heard the remake is being worked on mainly by the rockstar studio based in India at Banglore. and that it is a full remake with changes being made to implement characters from the RDR2, But yeah I want RD

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08:04 Jun-02-2021

RDR1 as i never played on a console before so no i havent truly experienced the story of John Marston except for a few youtube vids.
ALSO I WANT RED DEAD REDEMPTION 3 SADIE is a character i love and i wanna see how her story goes further.

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08:06 Jun-02-2021

sure you get a slight hint by what she says when she speaks to John in the END but really she is a character who truly deserves a story of her own

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17:05 May-31-2021

I say release it as a remake with an option to switch to legacy/original graphics for those who want them.


Halo's Master Chief Collection has this feature and it's one thing I love about it.

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15:19 May-31-2021

Seeing as they already have the world space set up in Red Dead Redemption 2 Hell yes, in fact it should be something like an expansion for RDR2 as they then don't have to start from scratch all over again, plus I think that might have been a plan thread they left because of how much extra land they added that's only really used in the 1st game. Not to mention the fact you can't even play it on newer consoles, it came out for the 360 and ps3, thats two generations behind. More than enough time.

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13:48 May-31-2021

If it was any other studio, I'd say yes. But for the love of God, please make Rockstar focus on GTA6 before anything else

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05:38 May-31-2021

No need for a remaster now as Xenia's doing quite well there. I can play the original at 1440p at playable framerates. So, with that in mind, if they want to make any money, the only viable option is a remake.

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20:02 May-30-2021

Would love to see RDR1 on PC, remake or remaster, I would be fine with both. I don't think RDR1 aged that badly to necessarily warrant full on remake, though I wouldn't mind one that would bring it up to date. Also I wouldn't mind if they made remake of Red Dead Revolver too, fixing flaws and stuff For those who don't know, Red Dead Revolver is where Red Dead started. Learned that after RDR. :-D

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17:37 May-30-2021

Inevitable in my opinion and I'm all for it. I like John Marston more than Arthur surprisingly and while I've already played it before, it feels like a lifetime ago.

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17:22 May-30-2021

They should release the gta 6 after what 9-10 years already?

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17:24 May-31-2021

Why make something new when the cash cow is still producing. Same with The Elder Scrolls.

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