The first Red Dead Redemption is one of the most popular console exclusives out there. Now that the highly-anticipated sequel is out, it’s unlikely that PC players will get to play the first one on Windows. A few weeks ago, an ambitious project that aimed to emulate the first wild-west shooter on Windows PC took flight. Unfortunately, publisher Take-Two caught wind of the mod and demanded the author cease development.
Red Dead Redemption: Damned Enhancement Project
Prior to its shutdown, the project was being developed by modder DamnedDev. The creator was using Xenia and RPCS3 emulators to bring Red Dead Redemption to PC. In addition to a “remaster” of the original, the project aimed to bring numerous improvements to textures, UI/UX, in-game HUD, and generally optimize the game.
On the legal front, the project’s sole developer stated in a disclaimer that in order to use the mod, you will need to purchase Red Dead Redemption legitimately. Additionally, they fully credited RDR developer Rockstar Games and publisher Take-Two.
However, it seems that things didn’t go smoothly, as the mod creator recently issued a statement announcing the end of the project.
“Please note project halted. Update video will be made and will explain. I’m not very happy. Please understand for the time being all will be explained.”
While the initial announcement hints at a cease-and-desist from Take-Two, it was apparently a simple email from the publisher requesting development on the project be halted. DamnedDev goes onto the say that they want to continue development, as their “case is pretty strong and could win and change their mind”.
This isn’t the first time Take-Two has ended a project like this, nor will it be the last. The publisher has shown that its very strict when it comes to others interfering with its work. Regardless if its a cheat maker for GTA Online, or a simple fan-made effort to bring one of the most beloved games to PC, Take-Two will put its foot down.