'Red Dead Redemption' mod for 'GTA V' scrapped

(Twitter/RockstarGames)Promotional poster for "Red Dead Redemption 2"

Fans of "Grand Theft Auto V" who are excited to get a taste of the Wild West in the video game will be in for a major letdown.

In a post on the "GTA" forums, moderator "Mr. Leuisurwear" broke the sad news that the "Red Dead Redemption" mod for "GTA V" had been canceled. The announcement came even after a trailer for "Red Dead Redemption V" had already been posted earlier online.

"I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted, and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project," said Mr. Leisurewear. "So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry," he added.

A report from Gamespot noted, however, that similar cases had happened in the past where publishers stepped in and put a halt to fan projects, like in the case of Nintendo stopping a fan-made "Pok√©mon" project last year.

Other instances also include the "Metroid II" fan re-make, which was also barred by Nintendo, as well as the free fan-made game "DoomRL," which was taken down by ZeniMax just last year after 15 years, according to a report from PC Gamer.

Mr. Leisurewear further clarified that the high-profile project only involved the map and not a full "pc port."

"Undertaking this sort of a project with additional content ported over was never feasable, we were only gonna get a way to convert the map with both legal copies of each game, and some custom scripted additional content, there was never any intention or mention to either port a storymode over from RDR to V," he explained.

Meanwhile, all may not be lost as Mr. Leisurewear was bent on keeping the files of the "Red Dead Redemption" mod, saying that he would not discard three years worth of work and throw everything out of the window.

Last March, the "Red Dead Redemption" map was announced to be coming to "GTA V," and a beta of which was already planned for a summer 2017 release. Moreover, the mod team also told gamers to remain patient as they were still in the process of "finetuning the methods" necessary to convert the game.

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