Last month we all got excited over the news that an ambitious group of modders were close to bringing the maps from Red Dead Redemption into Grand Theft Auto V. This would've brought Rockstar's superb western sandbox to PC for the first time, but unfortunately it looks like all the PC cowboys are going to have to hold their horses on this one.
The #GTAV modding group known as .White had gone so far as releasing a teaser trailer for their project, titled Red Dead Redemption V. But it seems like the modders' confidence was misplaced—they soon had to pull down the trailer and announce the cancellation of the project.
'GTA V' Mod Trailer For 'Red Dead Redemption V' Taken Down
The takedown of the mod trailer was swift and decisive, with the video going down on the same day it was released. On the GTA forums, fans speculated that Rockstar or Take Two had flexed their muscles to protect their intellectual property, perhaps worried that it would negatively affect sales of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2.
So far there is no word from .White about who specifically contacted them to cease the project. Mr. Leisurewear, the mod's lead programmer, had this to say about the situation:
"I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted , and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project.
So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn’t going to happen, sorry."
The planned mod intended to take the map form the Xbox 360 version of #RedDeadRedemption, port it to the GTA V engine, and in the process expand the area and update the graphics.
Check out the awesome trailer to Red Dead Redemption 2:
After two years of working on the mod, .White hoped to have an open beta ready by this summer. Sadly, it looks like PC fans won't have a chance to get their cowboy on after all. For Red Dead Redemption fans that wanted to return to the old west but leave RDR's outdated visuals behind, they'll just have to wait for the sequel.
Fan Games Still A Risky Venture
We love fan games, and it's always inspiring to see the fruits of passion and effort come to light. But the sad thing is, there's very little a fan creator can do if the rights holders decide to slap them down. Take Two has been harsh on fan projects before, taking down Dragonpunk, the fan expansion to X-COM 2.
While fan creators would do well to secure the approval, or at least tolerance, of rights holders earlier in the project, they're usually in a weak position throughout, and vulnerable to the copyright holder changing their mind at any moment.
When it comes to Red Dead Redemption V, perhaps the assets that the modders worked on can be saved for a less sensitive time, once #RedDeadRedemption2 has been out for a while. But don't hold your breath, as right now Take Two seem dead set on keeping Red Dead off PC.
What do you think? Was it unfair for this mod to be cancelled so suddenly?