So I’ve not written any articles for a while now, been busy writing books. I wrote and published Microbrits: A Tapestry OF The British Gaming Industry in June and my second short story collection just last week. And I’ve already begun work on my third book I aim to publish later this year too. So yeah, I’ve been a bit too busy and not written much for this blog recently. But that is something I’m going to change over the next few months and aim to publish a few more articles this year. A bit of (possible) news got my excitement up and compelled me to write this ere’ article.
Red Dead Redemption is one of the greatest games ever made. Not many games manage to come close to it’s sheer brilliance, not even it’s own sequel (prequel)… which is something I aim to cover for RDR II’s 1 year anniversary in a few months.
I have quite honestly lost count of how many times I have played through RDR over the years since it’s release in 2010. And next year marks the game’s 10 year anniversary… and if a recent rumour proves to be true, then we could be playing RDR once more. The epic Wild West game had seen a wonderful 4K update for the Xbox One X and yes, I played through the game… again. But while a nice 4K update is something that was very welcome, us fans really wanted a full on remake. That remake might be happening of you believe certain gaming sites right now.
Now, this all needs to be taken with a huge pinch of salt as nothing had been confirmed. But a rumour is going around that claims a Red Dead Redemption remake is on the cards to mark 10 years since it’s original release. It all began on Reddit where a user claimed they they have a friend who is an environment artist at Rockstar Games and that they have been working on a RDR remake. The remake is said to use the updated RDR II engine and game features:
“All the new features from the new game are going to be imported into RDR 1 plus the map is getting expanded a bit to make it more vast (rdr 2 map is not apart of this because it is not needed in the story, it’s mostly just making the desert bigger.) Rob has came back and recorded new lines of dialogue to help connect the two stories (References to Arthur and events of rdr 2 naturally) it was originally slated for the 10 year anniversary of RDR 1 but bugs have hindered the development a bit so they’ve shifted 2/3 of the Red Dead Online team to the Remake (hence the lack of an update as of yet.) And it’s currently in the timeframe of being released either December 2020- January of 2021.”
Sounds amazing. Not just a graphical update, but a complete rebuilding of the game to tie in better with the prequel. Of course RDR fans would lap this up. Just type in Red Dead Redemption remake into Google and you’ll find lots of reputable gaming sites spreading the rumour like butter on toast. I just wonder why people are quick to spread rumours without bothering to do any basic research first. See, I’m not fancy ‘journalist’ working for a popular gaming site, I’m just a guy with his own blog who likes to write stuff. But I like to check and double check info before I post anything. I don’t ways get it right… but I at the very least try.
I just do not see how/why this rumour has spread so much and so fast with zero reliable sources. The whole thing starts with the Reddit user saying that they have a ‘friend’ who works at Rockstar Games… and no one bothered to question that? Plus there was the fact that the post they made making the claim was their first ever post from a new user… and no one bothered to question that?
Long story short, the RDR remake rumours are all bullshit. It’s not happening and never was. The very same person who started the rumour has even admitted as much:
“There is no remake of the first game as far as I know.
This was an experiment I have always wanted to do regarding the spreading of rumors in video game culture. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and wondering how I was going to do it, then I saw red dead online was basically being ignored (most likely not, but the fans are in the dust about it, including me) so this was basically a good starting point for me. So first I thought about here there were a lot of alien references in RDR 2’s story mode, so I started my “leak” on that. I made up a somewhat believable story that my “friend from rockstar” told me. (Real original right?) then I put in small details I thought in my head would make sense such as “Still playing as Arthur”. But I stayed real vague just to build up some speculation. Then I thought of what I wanted out of a story dlc. I wanted a remake of the first game with all of the bells and whistles of the recent game. And the rest is pretty much history, so I expected it to be ignored and the next day I open my reddit and I see the biggest notification list I have ever had! I was simply amazed at how my bullshit rumors could blow up, a couple of hours later I went on the google app, and it has tabs with news, and at the very top was this article by comicbook (who report on every rumor from this subreddit almost) https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/07/20/red-dead-redemption-remake-ps4-ps5-xbox-scarlett-rockstar-games/ And that’s when things got real, so I let people build more speculation for a couple of days. And sure enough, one of the gaming sites I read on reported on it https://www.gamesradar.com/red-dead-redemption-dlc-aliens-leak/ . Then I was curious of the YouTube videos being made, and sure enough there were! https://youtu.be/fF6pCsZNIf4 this was at the very top! And he drank every sip of my tea, and judging by his comment section, they didn’t! I was wondering if there were videos were people didn’t believe me and sure enough there was one by Fizhy! https://youtu.be/kRmVK_9xXsw . Then I realized I was getting to many peoples hopes up, so I decided to write this post. And through this experiment I learned that some people will believe anything that someone says if it sounds believable. And also that mass media is a powerful tool, over 70k people atleast have seen this fake leak that I wrote, and I’m glad that a majority of people saw through it! From now on the original leak will stay up unless the mods say otherwise but I will link this to clarify it was all fake! Thanks for listening!”
So there you go, there is no RDR remake. It’s just a shame that these people who run these gaming sites don’t bother to think before posting their crap.
Bet seriously @RockstarGames, make a RDR remake… and Bully II.