Red Dead Redemption PS4 And Switch Port Announced By Rockstar

Published: August 7, 2023 10:26 AM /


John Marston flanked by a couple of other characters in the Red Dead Redemption PS4 and Switch port

Rockstar has finally confirmed the long-rumored Red Dead Redemption port, although perhaps not quite in the way you might expect.

The seventh-gen open-world cowboy epic is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next week, and no mention has been made of current-gen systems or PC.

Rumors have been swirling regarding a Red Dead Redemption remake, remaster, or re-release for some time, although those rumors naturally often assumed that the game would come to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, which doesn't appear to be the case.

As well as the base Red Dead Redemption game, this re-release will also include the Undead Nightmare expansion, which pits protagonist John Marston against (what else?) the undead.

Somewhat confusingly, in the description for the above trailer on YouTube, Rockstar mentions that Red Dead Redemption is coming to Nintendo Switch and "modern PlayStation systems".

This would appear to point towards some kind of PS5 port for the game, but it's actually a reference to the fact that you can play the PS4 version on PS5 via backwards compatibility.

That's the official line of Rockstar's official news post announcing the port, which also doesn't list any kind of performance enhancements, instead merely listing extra supported languages including Traditional Chinese, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

If you're worried about a Grand Theft Auto Trilogy situation developing here, you needn't be; the port will be handled by British studio Double Eleven, whose co-development work you might know from games like Prison Architect and RimWorld.

Red Dead Redemption getting a port to modern systems makes sense given that Red Dead Redemption 2 has, at last count, shipped 50 million units, and given that it's currently impossible to experience the continuation of that story without digging out your old PS3 or Xbox 360.

The lack of a PC port or current-gen versions is a strange decision, but perhaps Rockstar will elect to explain that absence in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned for more on this.

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