Rockstar Games’ 2010 classic Red Dead Redemption just received a new age rating over 13 years after release. The new rating was issued by The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea, the South Korean age rating board.
The new rating application was posted onto the committee’s online database on June 15th as noted by Gematsu. The listing states the game name as Red Dead Redemption with the applicant being Rockstar’s parent company Take2 Interactive. As of June 28th, it has received a “rating maintenance decision” of “Not available for youth” aka 18+.
This is the same age rating given by the Korean ratings board to Red Dead 1 back in 2010 for the standard launch game, Game of the Year Edition and Undead Nightmare Collection.
Many fans will speculate if this is a PC version of the game given it only released on the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, Gematsu points out the new rating’s number is “CC-NV-230615-001” and NV codes are used for console games. Whereas PC games are given the NP letters in their code.
Remaster or remake incoming?
The timing of this new age rating is quite unusual for a game that released well over a decade ago. Many fans of the series have called for a PC version or even a modern day remaster given how impressive Red Dead 2 is.
Back in July 2022, the community’s reliable insider Tez2 shared Rockstar Games had plans for a Red Dead Redemption remaster and GTA 4 remaster a few years ago. He said his source who has been accurate with Rockstar information in the past explained these “were on the table” but chose not to proceed with the projects”. A reason for them being canned may have been down to the “poor reception” of the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition.
As of right now, we don’t know what this new age rating means for the game. This will be a surprise to many. If there are any updates to this story, we’ll keep you posted so stay tuned to RockstarINTEL.
UPDATE: Zack Zwiezen at Kotaku who previously reported on Rockstar pausing work on a Red Dead remaster has stated “I understand from my sources that Rockstar knows there is an “overwhelming demand” for the original Red Dead Redemption to return. And while previous plans have changed as Rockstar focuses on Grand Theft Auto 6, it’s very possible that the demand for an RDR remaster was too large to ignore, and work on it resumed at some point in the past year.”
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