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Red Dead Redemption 2 to get next-gen upgrade per leaked Microsoft documents

Something folks have been clamoring for.

Arthur Morgan stands in an empty field in Red Dead Redemption 2 holding a pistol by his side.
Image credit: Rockstar Games

Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful video games of all time, is reportedly getting a next-gen upgrade, according to leaked documents from Microsoft.

Word of a possible upgrade to the Western appeared in a May 2022 email exchange between Microsoft executives discussing the upcoming slate and titles to leverage if added to Game Pass.

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The emails, leaked as part of an ongoing legal battle between Microsoft and the FTC, show that Microsoft was expecting a next-gen version of Red Dead Redemption 2 to release during or just after Take-Two's second quarter of fiscal year 2023, which ended September 30, 2022 (image via Reddit).

Of course, the release of an updated Red Redemption 2 didn't happen, but that doesn't mean Rockstar isn't working on an update for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S - it just hasn't been announced. Rockstar is very secretive, plus release plans may have changed - or it could have been canceled .

But, a next-gen version of the game would be a welcome addition to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S libraries. It is already a masterpiece, and a next-gen upgrade with improved visuals, performance, and loading times could make it even better.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launched in 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One, on PC in 2019, and has moved over 55 million units lifetime.

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