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It appears Take-Two Interactive has put the kibosh on a recently teased PC mod that placed Red Dead Redemption’s world inside Grand Theft Auto V. Created by “.White Team”, the mod, which has been two years in the making, was an attempt to port RDR’s map and some custom scripted content into the PC version of GTA V.

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On April 22 the mod’s announcement trailer was yanked from YouTube. Fans immediately smelled trouble, and it wasn’t long until .White’s lead programmer, Mr. Leisurewear, posted a note on GTAforums: “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.

While not an unusual step for a giant videogame developer to take (they want you to play the game on its intended platforms and control its distribution, after all!), the news quickly reverberated across the gaming community. Many fans are frustrated at Take-Two for pulling the plug, while others have been more pragmatic and understand the issues that a project of this nature invariably faces.

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Take-Two undoubtedly had every right to kill the project, but it would worthwhile for them to take note of the fan support and passion behind .White’s mod, as evidenced by the ruckus that ensued following its cancellation. Plenty of fans are clearly eager to play a current-gen port/remaster of Red Dead Redemption (that number, however, will undoubtedly decrease post RDR2’s release).

A port or remaster is unlikely to happen just now though, given that Grand Theft Auto V’s remaster on current-gen consoles came with a slew of new features, something Rockstar would have to consider topping or at the very least matching if it were to re-release Red Dead Redemption. And more importantly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just around the corner. Any hands that could be used to remaster RDR will be either feverishly finishing RDR2 or supporting GTA Online.

I guess we should all be thankful that you can still play RDR on the PS Now streaming service if you don’t have a physical copy.

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This is very sad news especially if they don't ever plan on releasing the original Red Dead Redemption on PC. I understand that they have every right to protect their IP but at the same time it annoys me if the content was from the original game and presented in one of their own original game engines. (i.e. if you own GTA V on PC and you own a legit copy of Red Dead Redemption on console then you should be able to enjoy some fan content that was built with passion and not asking for money (from what I could see)).

I guess it ultimately comes down to them making sure that people are focusing on their online instead of anything else :(

Ah well...another nail in the coffin for getting to play on PC anytime soon it seems (at this rate it looks like I'll have to either buy some hardware that allows Mouse/Keyboard input to my PS3, a decent emulator or for some miracle to bring the power of fast internet to my PC that allows me to use PS Now).

 

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6 hours ago, Jamesie said:

This is very sad news especially if they don't ever plan on releasing the original Red Dead Redemption on PC. I understand that they have every right to protect their IP but at the same time it annoys me if the content was from the original game and presented in one of their own original game engines. (i.e. if you own GTA V on PC and you own a legit copy of Red Dead Redemption on console then you should be able to enjoy some fan content that was built with passion and not asking for money (from what I could see)).

I guess it ultimately comes down to them making sure that people are focusing on their online instead of anything else :(

Ah well...another nail in the coffin for getting to play on PC anytime soon it seems (at this rate it looks like I'll have to either buy some hardware that allows Mouse/Keyboard input to my PS3, a decent emulator or for some miracle to bring the power of fast internet to my PC that allows me to use PS Now).

 

There's that, but I'm guessing that the mod also used artwork and other bits of Intellectual Property from the original RDR. When people start messing around with video game assets like that (and releasing them on unauthorised platforms) I would imagine any video game company would get pretty antsy fast!

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I understand both sides, and really, intellectual property does not exist without a reason. But on the other side, I would like to see Red Dead on PC (aside from PS Now), or at least get a feeling of it.

 

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Red Dead Redemption V, the mod that was going to recreate the wild west game's map inside of Grand Theft Auto V, has been canceled. It was revealed last month, and modding team .White had planned to release a beta this summer. However, shortly after the team released a teaser trailer—which was quickly taken down—lead modder Mr. Leisurewear announced that the team had been "contacted" and would cancel the project.

"I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted," Mr. Leisurewear wrote on GTAForums.com. "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."

Mr. Leisurewear didn't reveal who contacted them at first, later confirming that it was indeed Take Two. However, because of some users' confusion, he did want to clarify that the mod was "never going to be a 'PC port.'" 

"It was just gonna be the map," he explained. "Undertaking this sort of a project with additional content ported over was never feasible... 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 story mode over from RDR to V."

When told by forum users to hold on to the files, Leisurewear replied, "Why would I throw away 3 years of work... that's insane, man." I'm no lawyer, but Mr. Leisurewear planning to hold on to his files—which is understandable—doesn't necessarily spell anything positive for fans hoping to ride through Armadillo in GTA V. Speaking to this, he addressed the .White toolkit, which some members of the forums have asked Mr. Leisurewear to release in order to bolster the GTA V modding scene.

"Also, to anyone asking for the .White toolkit, sadly I'm ordered to not release anything," he said. "And I will probably get a lawsuit if I do officially (which I dont have right now)."

There is a long history of companies forcing modders and fan developers to shut down their work. DoomRL, the free fan-made roguelike, is one that comes to mind. It launched way back in 2002, but Bethesda parent company ZeniMax issued a takedown late last year. Another notable case was when Nintendo shut down the excellent fan-made Metroid II remake

It's a shame when this happens, because fans tend to create fun, unique ideas out of beloved games and characters that aren't necessarily explored by the official rights holders. Anything Red Dead Redemption-related on PC definitely fits into that category.

 

Source: PC Gamer

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On 4/24/2017 at 10:38 PM, UKSammy84 said:

There's that, but I'm guessing that the mod also used artwork and other bits of Intellectual Property from the original RDR. When people start messing around with video game assets like that (and releasing them on unauthorised platforms) I would imagine any video game company would get pretty antsy fast!

Yeah I understand that and I know it wouldn't be right for someone to release content created by Rockstar even if it was free. They reserve the right to allow this while others may be a bit more willing i.e. Blizzard is pretty much okay with a lot more in my opinion provided you make said content available via their platform and using their software to present it. Would make it much easier to swallow if we were at least going to get the original RDR on PC (or at least some news that RDR2 will eventually make it's way to the platform).

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I would have liked to see it but as mentioned, it is understandable why Rockstar would pull the plug. I hate that the guys put so much work and time into their creation but I guess that comes with the territory. They had to know it was a gamble.

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