The GTA Trilogy is most likely one of gaming’s biggest failures. Rockstar released the trilogy in 2021 and while the idea of replaying your favourite classic Grand Theft Auto games sounded fun on paper, the project was an abysmal mess. All the games looked horrible, contained loads of game-breaking bugs and didn’t act as a tribute to the original releases. Sadly, it seems that Rockstar’s failed launch of GTA Trilogy has now forced the studio to cancel two other remastered projects including Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV.
While Rockstar never got around to announcing these two remastered games, we have heard about them for over a year now. Reports claimed that Rockstar was working on porting GTA IV to PS5, Xbox Series X/S and modern PCs with remastered visuals and assets. The same goes for Red Dead Redemption which would also follow the same treatment. However, a report claims that Rockstar assigned Grove Street Games the project. Grove Street Games is the same studio that worked on the GTA Trilogy release and after the poor reception, the two projects have been cancelled.
While GTA IV is playable on PC and Xbox through backwards compatibility, the game suffers from some horrible performance issues. On Xbox, the game can reach 60FPS but the higher frame rates cause major issues with the game’s engine on the console. So much so that some missions break and players can’t complete the game. As for PC, GTA IV is still unoptimized and buggy making the experience painful. There’s no way to currently play GTA IV on PS4 or PS5.
It would have been great to replay these two classic games. However, we have heard reports of a Red Dead Redemption 2 PS5 and Xbox Series X/S port in the works at Rockstar. Although the studio might have canned the GTA IV and RDR remasters, it could still be working on an enhanced version of the 2018 release.