The project to port Red Dead Redemption's map over to Grand Theft Auto V's PC version has seemingly been shut down by Take-Two Interactive. The team has been working on the project for three years and said they were recently contacted by TTWO following the trailer for the mod being made unavailable on YouTube.
The project was recently announced with a few screenshots of the map loaded in GTA V's PC version. The team behind the project originally said they wanted to create a fully functional port of the map found in RDR, including all animations and props placed in the correct locations.
Eventually, they also wanted to expand the mod's functionality by adding scripted gameplay elements from Red Dead Redemption in order to make the mod feel more like a complete package rather than just the map alone. Mods have been used previously to carry over individual RDR gameplay mechanics, such as the witness system or the lasso, to GTA V.
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For the record this was never going to be a "pc port" it was just gonna be the map ...
Undertaking this sort of a project with additional content ported over was never feasable , we were only gonna get a way to convert the map with both legal copies of each game , and some custom scripted additional content , there was never any intention or mention to either port a storymode over from RDR to V.
That said, the team lead, Mr.Leisurewear, has also said that they didn't intend a full port of the game with all the missions and story content, since that would be impossible to achieve. Seeing as modders have ported the maps of other GTA games over to GTA V via mods, it might have seemed like there would be no issues with these guys doing the same with Red Dead Redemption.
However, just hours after users started reporting that the trailer video for the mod had been taken down from YouTube, Mr.Leisurewear broke the news to the community that had already amassed around their ambitious mod.
I know this is a 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.
Nonetheless, Mr.Leisurewear doesn't seem ready to toss out three years' worth of the team's effort just yet and seemed to imply that the he might take another swing at things a few years from now.
Why would i throw away 3 years of work ! , thats insane man :p
We could always try ...
Yeah, probably not a good idea Mr.Leisurewear...
Of course, the community also tried to help them out of the situation. Suggestions, both silly and serious, on how to continue development without incurring legal problems were fielded in the forum thread. However seeing as most of them involved Russian hackers to some capacity, Mr.Leisurewear wasn't too keen on taking the risk.
It's definitely sad to see so much effort go up in smoke so quickly, but this kind of thing is always a risk that needs to be considered when it comes to modding projects based on existing works. Currently and for the foreseeable future, the only way to play Red Dead Redemption on the PC will be through the PS Now streaming service.