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Saddle up, Red Dead Redemption remake rumors are back with new proof

Rumors regarding a remake or remaster of Rockstar Games' 2010 epic Red Dead Redemption are re-appearing online thanks to a new Korean age rating listing.

Red Dead Redemption remaster rumors Korea rating: an image of John Marston

If there’s one thing we want more than a Grand Theft Auto 6 release date from Rockstar Games, it’s a Red Dead Redemption remaster – we wouldn’t say no to a complete remake either, to be fair. RDR is, without a doubt, one of the best open world games ever made and it was a ground-breaking experience when it released in 2010. Presenting players with a nuanced narrative that tells the tale of the end of the ‘Wild West’ in America, you could argue that this is one of the best games of all time – if it wasn’t for Rockstar Games’ even-more-incredible Red Dead Redemption 2. While that breathtaking sequel builds so wonderfully on the world established in Red Dead Redemption, it also highlights – rather dramatically – just how dated the 2010 release is. Thankfully, though, there’s new evidence to suggest a remake – or a remaster – might actually be on the way.

As recently highlighted by Gematsu, the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea unexpectedly published a brand-new age rating classification for Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption on June 15. This rating’s classification code, which grades the game as “not available for youth”, suggests that this rating is for a console version of the game: CC-NV-230615-001 (with “NV” referring to console games, where “NP” would refer to a PC game).

What does this mean? Well, we don’t want to jump the gun, but it could mean that a Red Dead Redemption remake or remaster is on the way – and that’s very exciting. Although, it’s important to note that Rockstar Games has not confirmed anything yet. To make matters more interesting, though, ratings for the original release of Red Dead Redemption, the Undead Nightmare Collection, and the GOTY Edition of the game all already existed prior to this. So, that seems to rule out the possibility that this is just a new version of the Xbox 360 and PS3 game.

You can check it out, translated into English by Microsoft Edge, for yourself. Everything included certainly lines up with what we know about Red Dead Redemption already – and it even mentions the Undead Nightmare expansion.

Red Dead Redemption remaster rumors Korea rating: an image of the translated age rating page

However, it’s important to weigh up all the options – and consider the fact that this might not be the remake remaster we all want. As mentioned by Insider Gaming, this rating could simply mean that a native Red Dead Redemption release on consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch is on the way. This would help to make the game more available, but it might also mean that it would simply be re-released without any real alterations or improvements to the gameplay mechanics, features, and systems available.

Saying that, John Marston actor Rob Wiethoff has spoken out in support of a remake before – albeit almost a year ago. We know that might not mean much, but could Weithoff have talked a remake into reality? We’ll let you be the judge.

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Available as an Xbox Game Pass game at the moment, Red Dead Redemption is in dire need of improvement when you compare it to Red Dead Redemption 2. The story is, as we’ve mentioned, truly brilliant. However, the horse controls feel erratic at times and there’s no real weight to the gunplay. The features available, like the gunsmith and wardrobe options, also pale in comparsion. Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t just one of the best open world games of all time, it is the best open world game of all time. If Red Dead Redemption was given the same treatment, we could see the series’ games sharing that crowning achievement.

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What makes this rating all-the-more intriguing, though, is that Rockstar Games has so much of Red Dead Redemption already available in Red Dead Redemption 2. The entirety of New Austin is available in RDR2 and a number of characters from the 2010 release are actually NPCs in Red Dead Online. Aside from aging up a few existing character models and introducing Nuevo Paraiso and Mexico to the map, the Red Dead Redemption story would fit quite nicely onto the end of Red Dead Redemption 2 – where you actually end up playing as John Martson (spoiler alert) anyway.

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A Red Dead Redemption remake – or remaster – would be a dream come true for so many fans and, if it was held to the same standard as Red Dead Redemption 2, would sell like hot cakes. But, only time will tell what this all means.