The Korean rating board seemingly out of nowhere gave the original Red Dead Redemption a new rating, sparking rumors of a remaster or port.
(FYI) Red Dead Redemption rated in Korea in 2023 🇰🇷
Looks like the rumors were true, we're getting a remastered with RDR2 graphics
— Idle Sloth💙💛 (@IdleSloth84_) June 28, 2023
Gematsu was one of the first who noticed the new rating on the Korean rating board's official website. There, it shows the applicant, Take-Two Interactive Co., Ltd, filing for classification. The record states that the game's name was Red Dead Redemption. The application was given the classification CC-NV-230615-001. In Korea, game ratings will have an NP in the classification number if it refers to a PC game. If it has NV, on the other hand, it refers to a console game.
The classification application had a decision date of June 15, 2023, which means this application was fairly new. They then had a “Report content modification”, which had a decision date of June 27, 2023. This likely refers to when games would modify some of the contents of their game to get a certain game rating.
While a game rating doesn't seem all too significant, there's something important to note. The game's various versions for the console (Original, Undead Nightmare Collection, and GOTY Edition) already had a rating in Korea prior to this one. Thanks to this, a lot of rumors have started spreading on social media. Some, like Idle Sloth (embedded above), said “Looks like the rumors were true, we're getting a remastered with RDR2 graphics”. Others, however, are saying that it might just be a port for a new console.
Rockstar's new site update, live an hour ago, added a new reference within the games list.
"Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Presents Ver)"
– RDR1RSP (RDR1 Remaster SP?)
— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) July 27, 2023
Additionally, it would appear that the Rockstar official website itself is giving hints regarding a possible remaster. According to Twitter user @TezFun2, Rockstar recently updated their website, which added a “Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Presents Ver)” reference to its game list. Not only that, but it also included a codename for the game (RDR1RSP, which Tez2 theorizes could stand for RDR1 Remaster SP), as well as a brand new logo for the game.
Plus, Rockstar included RDR1 to the Ratings list of the modern site modules.
RDR1 Original site doesn't use those modules. Suggesting a site update.
PS3, Xbox 360 and Switch were newly added as platform buttons (CTA)
— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) July 27, 2023
Additionally, they noticed that Rockstar included Read Dead Redemption 1 in the Ratings list of the site's modules. This was not available in the original Read Dead Redemption 1 website, which Tenz2 theorizes could mean a site update.
As with all rumors, players would take this information with a grain of salt. Rockstar Games, the developers behind Red Dead Redemption, is yet to give an official announcement regarding a remaster or port. As such, this is not confirmation that one is on the way. However, it does seem weird that the game would all of a sudden get a new rating when it already had one.
Should more information come up regarding this matter, we will be sure to let you know.
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