Gorgeous 'Red Dead Redemption' PC Remaster Mod Halted By Take-Two
Not too long ago, we reported on a promising-sounding fan project that aimed to breathe new life into the original Red Dead Redemption, bringing it to PC with a number of shiny new bells and whistles. Red Dead Redemption: Damned Enhancement Project was in its very early stages, and intended to introduce a V1 in December that added "redefined graphical elements in high quality, including but not limited to; textures, UI/UX menu elements, in-game HUD, draw optimizations, shader and model updates," according to the mod's creator DamnedDev.
It was an ambitious piece of work that looked pretty great in the first trailer. DamnedDev was even looking to build a team to help get the mod put together more efficiently. While V1 would have focused on environments and weather effects, a proposed V2 would have added ray tracing and focused on character models and textures. Given that Rockstar clearly has no intentions to release a Red Dead Redemption remaster on PC (or any console) fans of the Western epic were pretty excited about DamnedDev's proposed project.
Unfortunately, Red Dead/GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive seems to have put the Damned Enhancement Projecton an indefinite time out. In a brief update, DamnedDev wrote "Please note project halted. Update video will be made and will explain. I'm not very happy. Please understand for the time being all will be explained."
"I can't [say what happened] but you know who had a hand in this halt," they continued. "I rather not speak more as they warned me to be hush but cmon really people already gonna know if it gets shut down out of no where. Just gonna put it like that if you get the drift or not. But yeah usual corp greed thinks they can bully you."
As you can tell from the above, it seems fairly clear that it was Take-Two who put a halt to the mod. PC Gamer later confirmed in an email with DamnedDev that this was indeed the case, as a legal representative at the publisher demanded it be put to bed - though it was clarified that no official cease-and-desist order has been issued yet.
DamnedDev believes he has a strong case for being allowed to continue with the project, and is currently looking into legal options in an attempt to change Take-Two's mind. The modder also argues that the media is largely to blame for this current scenario, as various "clickbait" publications characteristic the project as "a port or a remaster or a re-release or whatever," despite the fact that the actual announcement of the mod said that the aim was to "remaster and optimise the game."
Hopefully DamnedDev manages to get the project back up and running. It's clear that this is something they're passionate about, and it's always a shame to see legal issues put the kibosh on promising fan-developed mods, remasters, or remakes.
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