The head of Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has taken on a wealth of new talent from a number of high profile studios, including Sony-exclusive Santa Monica Studio, Rockstar and Crystal Dynamics.
UPDATE: The Undead Nightmare expansion tested on Microsoft's enhanced console
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UPDATE: Following news of its various Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses earlier today, Rockstar has now unveiled the game's Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, and bumper-sized Collector's Box, featuring a host of thematic paraphernalia.
UPDATE 15/4/18 8:55am: Just how robust is the Xbox One X-enhanced version of Red Dead Redemption? Does the improved performance seen in the standard game also translate across to the more challenging Undead Nightmare DLC? This standalone episode retains the signature detail level of the original game but goes further, with a pervasive fog effect and a significantly increased zombie-fuelled NPC count. And on top of that, disposing of the undead with fire uses a visual effect that could cause some severe frame-rate drops in the original Xbox 360 game.
Well, we've put the expansion through the grinder and the good news is that the excellent performance level seen on the standard RDR translates entirely to the Undead Nightmare too. Remarkably, this means that the game outperforms the standard Xbox One back-compat game in taxing scenes, while comprehensively besting the frame-rates in equivalent scenes on original 360 hardware.
Aside from extremely rare frame-pacing issues, the emulator delivers a locked 30 frames per second - and all of the benefits seen in the standard game, including the 9x resolution boost and texture mip-mapping tweaks for the most extreme detail possible, are just as impressive here too. So with that in mind, if you're considering checking out the game, perhaps tracking down a GOTY physical copy with the expansion bundled might be the preferable way forward...
Red Dead Redemption, perhaps Rockstar's best ever game, now has a shiny new update for Xbox One X owners.
A fan project to port Red Dead Redemption into GTA5 has been shut down.
A team of fans are trying to mod Red Dead Redemption's vast map into Grand Theft Auto 5.
Minigames are interesting things. They're purpose built to distract the player - to give them something different to do for ten minutes in order to break up the flow of the main game. In a sense, they're tacit admissions of the fact that sometimes games - especially long ones - can get a bit monotonous.
As you might have been able to guess recently, I am really excited about Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption is, in my opinion, the best game of the last console generation, so I'm looking forward to playing more.
UPDATE 30/11/16: Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare expansion will be available to play via PlayStation Now on 6th December.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a name, and that name is... Red Dead Redemption 2.
Shares of Rockstar parent company Take-Two have soared in value, thanks to the single piece of new Red Dead concept art.
UPDATE 2PM: Dispelling any speculation this was a Rockstar Table Tennis tease, Rockstar has now revealed a second piece of Red Dead Redemption concept art, 24 hours after the first.
You can now play a Red Dead game on your PlayStation 4 - but probably not the Red Dead game you want.
Editor's note: It's happening! Rockstar has just announced a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, imaginatively titled Red Dead Redemption 2 and scheduled to come out next autumn. What is it that makes the original Red Dead Redemption the object of so much love? Nathan Ditum explored the game's appeal for us earlier this year when the 2010 Xbox 360 and PS3 game came to Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
As of 5.30am UK time this morning, Red Dead Redemption was officially made playable on Xbox One.
Like all backwards compatibility games on Xbox One, the Xbox 360 version will be in your download list if you owned its Games on Demand version, or will download automatically when you insert the Xbox 360 game disc.
Alternatively, you can buy a digital copy now from the Xbox Store for £6.24 if you're a Xbox Live Gold subscriber, or £8.74 if you're not.
As I told Oli while introducing him to John Marston for the very first time, Red Dead Redemption was my game of the last console generation. While it's getting Xbox One backwards compatibility this week, the news has done nothing to dull my appetite for a new Red Dead.
UPDATE 05/07/2015 11.46pm: Rockstar has clarified that Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC expansion will also be backwards compatible come 8th July. As will the Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition that includes the full game and all of its DLC.
It feels strange to say it again so soon, but E3 is nigh once more. As per usual, the rumour mill has been working full tilt in the run up to the conference, even if this year's rumours have been dominated by what won't be at the show as much as what will.
An announcement for the follow-up to Red Dead Redemption could be here sooner than the 7:10 from Blackwater, but until then we have little more than a leaked map and burning questions.
Red Dead Redemption was my favourite game of the last console generation. With an eminently passable story and an exquisite open world, it's easily the best spaghetti western in video game history.
Red Dead Redemption fans have been poring over a map which apparently details the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rockstar's Wild West epic Red Dead Redemption was available via Xbox One for a few hours over the weekend.
Earlier this week you might have seen Wes' post about hitting a potentially game-breaking bug after 91 hours spent playing Fallout 4.
The Grand Theft Auto series has shipped over 220m copies in total, publisher Take-Two revealed in a financial report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
It's bank holiday Monday, a day on which all the bankers are allowed to come out from behind their side of the counter and roam the countryside for a few hours. At least I think that's how it works.
It doesn't take much more than a cursory glance at the pastiness of my skin or the way I flinch at the words "team sports" to realise I have never been a fan of the great outdoors. Nature seems a little bit too adept at making terrible things happen to adequate people for my liking, and video games seem to agree.
Video games are powerful things, capable of making us feel a whole range of emotions. Happy is one such emotion, as is all-consuming self-loathing. That's a good one too.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has called the Red Dead series a "permanent franchise," suggesting that more Rockstar westerns are on the way.
Rockstar is working to transition the online components of Red Dead Redemption, GTA4 and Max Payne 3 in response to GameSpy's server shutdown.
Rockstar Games has announced an anthology containing four of its most successful games of the last few years. This includes: Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, LA Noire, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive has failed to appear on the EU PlayStation Store for a third week, as Sony continues to remain unable to explain its absence.
Subscription service PlayStation Plus will arrive on PlayStation Vita in due course, Sony has announced on stage at its Gamescom press conference.
Details on which parts of the service will be included, as well as a price and release date, was left under-wraps for now.
Perhaps of more immediate interest, top-notch Wild West title Red Dead Redemption will be the service's free PlayStation 3 title in September.
UPDATE: The Ultimate Edition promotion will not be available in the UK, Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer, although many of the DLC bundles are already available in Europe.
YouTube videos have emerged showing hit PlayStation 3 titles running via Remote Play on the new PSVita handheld. Camera footage of titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been recorded and uploaded, and there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to assume that the videos are anything but genuine.
Every Sunday we bring you a feature selected from our archive. This week, to celebrate the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4 and Xbox One, we bring you Dan Whitehead's paean to an unloved GTA4 character. This article was originally published in November 2011.
Rockstar has barely scratched the surface of what's achievable in open world games, according to co-founder Dan Houser.
Sandbox cowboy game Red Dead Redemption is unlikely to launch on PC, Rockstar has said.
Grand Theft Auto 4 has now shipped a gargantuan 22 million copies worldwide since its April 2008 release.
New shots from Myths & Mavericks DLC.
The final Red Dead Redemption DLC add-on, titled Myths & Mavericks, launches on 13th September, Rockstar Games has announced.
Critically mauled shooter Duke Nukem Forever will be profitable for publisher 2K Games and parent company Take-Two.
A Game of the Year edition of Rockstar's open world western hoedown Red Dead Redemption is on its way, judging by a new BBFC listing.
Myths & Mavericks, the final set of DLC for Rockstar Games' lauded western epic Red Dead Redemption, arrives in September.
Take-Two has registered a trademark for Rockstar Films, suggesting movies based on Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption may be in the works.
New downloadable content is coming for last year's Western epic Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar has announced.
Multi-million selling cowboy game Red Dead Redemption was originally a PS2 and Xbox project, an artist employed by Rockstar has revealed.
Various in-game extras offered as pre-order incentives for Red Dead Redemption are available to all as of next week, developer Rockstar Games has announced.
It's one of the biggest nights in the gaming calendar, and BAFTA has insisted that the "quality" of the 2011 GAME British Academy Video Games Awards is not affected by Rockstar's surprise decision not to enter the phenomenally successful Red Dead Redemption.
Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz's widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.
With this latest instalment in Eurogamer's Why I...series of articles, Jeffrey Matulef discusses how he feels about Red Dead Redemption.
Red Dead Redemption was the most prolific winner at this year's AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences) Interactive Achievement Awards - gaming's equivalent of the Oscars.
The 10-game shortlist for this year's public vote prize at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards was announced this morning.
Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and Red Dead Redemption company Take-Two makes the best games, according to review aggregation site Metacritic.
Rockstar set community XP target to unlock.
A new update for Rockstar's Western epic Red Dead Redemption has just gone live, fixing a number of issues with the game and its DLC packs.
Among an array of minor glitch fixes, Rockstar has also re-enabled global online multiplayer with Japanese gamers. Best get your dictionary out then.
Here's the full list of tweaks, as cribbed from Rockstar's website:
Red Dead Redemption is the work of game makers at the peak of their powers and confidence. What defines the experience is not simply how much Rockstar has crammed into the world it has crafted, but also what it has left out.
The former Rockstar employee who this weekend lifted the lid on an alleged culture of "deception", "manipulation" and "abuse" at the Red Dead Redemption studio has attempted to clarify some of his comments.
Earlier this month Take-Two turned a profit, a feat that usually requires Grand Theft Auto. This time, however, it took the breakout success of one new game: Red Dead Redemption, a Wild West romp smothered with praise.
Rockstar's rootin' tootin' western epic Red Dead Redemption has now shipped nearly eight million copies since its launch earlier this year, helping publisher Take Two back into its bank manager's good books.
Despite the fact that Red Dead Redemption will near the top of many gamers' best of 2010 lists, the open-world blockbuster won't be taking home a BAFTA early next year.
Mega publisher Take-Two has promised gamers it won't release new titles in the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead series every year.
How the infest was won.
CEO Ben Feder has quit Take-Two so that he can go travelling around Asia with his family.
Anyone booting up Red Dead Redemption for some multiplayer this weekend will be privy to double XP, developer Rockstar has announced.
Undead Nightmare, a standalone disc bundling all the Red Dead Redemption downloadable content together, will be released in Europe on 26th November, Rockstar Games has announced.
In Red Dead Redemption's Land Grab Mode – set for multiplayer free roam as part of the intriguing Undead Nightmare add-on – players fight for control over a section of land in one of seven different towns in the open world epic's online game world.
When one of seven posts marked Land Grab is activated, a countdown triggers and players are given control over a radius of territory, Rockstar revealed on its website.
In order to lay claim to the land, you must remain inside the radius and defend against oncoming enemies. Leaving at any time will surrender your claim, as will being killed by another player.
You thought it was just about zombies.
Sony has told PS3 owners how to fix the Hunting and Trading pack for Red Dead Redemption released accidentally in an incomplete form.
Rockstar has announced plans to release Undead Nightmare, a standalone disc bundling all the Red Dead Redemption downloadable content together.
Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC pack will be available from 26th October, Rockstar Games has announced – just in time for Halloween.
Red Dead Redemption has found unexpected success in Japan, entering the weekly all-formats chart at number four on PlayStation 3 and number seven on Xbox 360.
Dawn of the red.
Red Dead Redemption cowboys will be able to download a free Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack next week, starting Tuesday, 12th October.
Rockstar has shed some more light on the forthcoming Liars and Cheats DLC multiplayer Stronghold Mode.
Up to 16 players divide into two teams with a set shared number of lives and then have to take control of each other's strongholds. A round ends when all of a team's bases are captured, a team runs out of lives or the time limit runs down.
Safes dotted around the maps hide the new 'explosive rifle' capable of causing devastating damage, but there's a catch: hacking the safes takes time, leaving you vulnerable to attack.
Open world cowboy game Red Dead Redemption has "sold in" over 6.9 million units worldwide, Take-Two has revealed.
The Rockstar Games title, which launched on 18th May, was "the key factor" in a strong quarter for the US company.
Strong sales of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV, NBA 2K10 and Borderlands also helped.
Rockstar has announced that promised Liars and Cheats Pack for Red Dead Redemption will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 on 21st September.
Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt has been tipped to star in a new movie based on Red Dead Redemption.
Tomorrow Gamertags and PlayStation Network IDs with hacked Red Dead Redemption game saves will be banned from playing, Rockstar has warned.
Blizzard's science fiction real-time strategy game StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty obliterated sales of all other games released in the US in July, NPD said.
It sold an eye-watering 721,000 units at retail. StarCraft II was released on 27th July, so those sales were achieved in just five days.
StarCraft II is the fastest-selling strategy game ever.
Sony's revealed all the new gubbins released on the EU PlayStation Store this week.
Side-scrolling beat-em-up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is your headline game. Eurogamer awarded it a thoroughly enjoyable 7/10.
The Read Dead Redemption Legends and Killers add on went live yesterday, which we've already told you about. It'll set you back £7.99.
Red Dead Redemption's Legends and Killers Pack is available to download from Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Mohawks and tomahawks.
Rockstar has trotted out a patch to tackle griefing in Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.
While in Free Roam, anyone that achieves a kill streak of six or more will now become a Public Enemy and be stamped with a $1000 bounty. And if you're killed three times within 80 seconds of respawning, you'll be given the option to spawn at another location on the map.
Alongside those inventive counter-measures are a handful of general fixes.
Harmonicas at dawn.
Singing part of the RDR soundtrack.
The best selling game in the US from January to June was Red Dead Redemption, according to new NPD numbers.
In that time, Rockstar's Western has sold nearly 2.5m units.
Combined PS3 and Xbox 360 sales of Red Dead Redemption held off tenacious competition from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which unsurprisingly dominated the individual platform chart.
Rockstar is taking cheaters to task with a new update for Red Dead Redemption.
Stunning panoramic vista views in accelerated motion.
The launch of the new "whisper quiet" Xbox 360 has propelled Microsoft's console into first place in the US for sales throughout June.
Rockstar has confirmed that it has reduced headcount at its San Diego studio following the release of Red Dead Redemption.
Rockstar has announced plans for a series of downloadable content packs for open world Western Red Dead Redemption.
Four packs of add-on DLC will be released for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live "over the next few months", three of which will be priced $9.99 on PSN and 800 Microsoft Points (£6.85) on Xbox Live.
"We want to continue to provide Red Dead Redemption’s fans with a steady supply of innovative new content," said Sam Houser,
Someone was murdered in Red Dead Redemption every six minutes during the first two weeks of the game's release.
The NPD results for US videogame and hardware sales during May 2010 are in, and it's Red Dead Redemption wearing the sheriff's badge.
Rockstar's Wild West game topped proceedings on Xbox 360 with 945,900 units sold. The PS3 version cantered behind with 567,100 units sold.
In third, Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed 563,900 units sold.
Take-Two chief executive Ben Feder has been crowing about the success of Red Dead Redemption - but admitting that BioShock 2 wasn't quite as big a success as the company might have hoped.
"Tom, are you free tomorrow night to saddle up with me?"
New co-op multiplayer DLC for Rockstar's Western.
Red Dead Redemption has topped the UK all-formats chart for a fifth week.
Red Dead Redemption maintained its horseshoe-like grip on the top of the UK charts this week despite the launch of Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii on Friday.
Rockstar Games has ruled out the possibility of Red Dead Redemption coming to PC - for the time being, at least.
30 mins of gritty drama. Contains some spoilers.
Just a few weeks after the game's release, Take-Two has announced that more than 5 million copies of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption have now been shipped.
Red Dead Redemption held onto its top spot in the UK All-Formats chart this week while 2010 FIFA World Cup moved back up to second.
Update: Rockstar has clarified that the PS3 version of Outlaws to the End will be released on 23rd June.
Rockstar has trumpeted the arrival of a Red Dead: Redemption title update "by the end of next week".
The official blog says multiplayer connectivity and the Mo Van Barr bounty are top of the fix-list.
Those struggling to connect to the game's multiplayer online servers ought to try a couple of Rockstar's suggestions on the blog first.
There's being down and out in the Wild West, and there's being down and out in the Wild West. John Marston, the protagonist around whom Red Dead Redemption's story revolves, may start the game wounded and homeless, but he is still a man with a purpose, a few friends, a handsome face and, most importantly, a narrative trajectory to climb up and out of poverty.
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption has spent a second week on top of the UK all-formats chart.
From the director of the Proposition & The Road.
Rockstar has said it plans to produce more downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption following the release of the Outlaws to the End co-op pack in June.
Rockstar's celebrated Western, Red Dead: Redemption, has galloped to the top of the UK all-formats chart.
Infamous Grand Theft Auto radio DJ and regular Rockstar contributor Lazlow Jones has said he hopes the "really gritty western" atmosphere of Red Dead Redemption "evokes an emotional response" from players distinct from GTA's satire.
An insider at Tesco has told Eurogamer there are shipping delays with the PS3 version of Red Dead Redemption.
Rockstar has said it is working on a patch to resolve issues with Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.
Since the game's US release on Tuesday players have discovered a few glitches that result in invisible guns, hats, cougars and horses.
The invisible horse footage is pretty special.
John "Tom" Marston sorts out some stallions.
Editor goes mad in Armadillo.
Not sheriff you'll be interested?
Once upon a time in the West.
Well, at least one. Probably just one, actually.
Just can't get enough of that coconut goodness.
This is how you cowboy.
A few hours after disembarking the dusty train that winds into Red Dead Redemption, reformed bandit John Marston meets a smart young journalist from Manhattan. His assignment? To observe life on America's final frontier and dramatise his findings in an article for the well-to-do ladies of New York. His pressed clothes and clean-shaven jawline contrast with protagonist Marston's facial scrawl of stubble and scarring, but beneath appearances, the men share a common purpose: to find gold in the sun-baked Wild West.
The meeting mirrors the wider context of Red Dead Redemption's release. Liberty City with its buffed taxis, resolute skyscrapers and air of affluence may appear a world away from this arid, adverse wilderness, but peel back the skin and the framework is identical. Red Dead Redemption is GTA: Wild West, a sandbox most familiar, albeit one that, for once, is filled with sand.
Set 50 years after the events of the more light-hearted Red Dead Revolver, Redemption's frontier has become a cat's cradle of political interests, stretched taut by moneyed men in bed with federalised government. The Wild West has grown mild in its old age, and grizzled gunmen with their brutish ways are growing obsolete.
Rockstar has revealed details of how its Social Club online system will work with Red Dead Redemption, promising exclusive unlockable content.
Join the fight for Mexican independence.
Rockstar has whipped the chaps off a free downloadable addition to Red Dead Redemption called The Outlaws to the End Co-op Mission Pack.
Fox Network will air an animated Red Dead Redemption film this Saturday in the US.
Rockstar has revealed that Red Dead Redemption features three difficulty levels.
It's starts, appropriately enough, with a Mexican standoff. Six sun-baked outlaws, standing motionlessly in a circle, hands frozen above holsters, while six white-washed gamers perch on the edges of their seats, fingers poised on the triggers of Xbox controllers.
Life on the free range revealed.
More cowboy on cowboy action than Brokeback Mt.
Recreating the Wild West.
Take Two has announced that Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption is now due for release on 18th May in the US and 21st May elsewhere - three weeks later than originally planned.
The publisher issued its Q1 financial results this evening and also noted that Grand Theft Auto IV has now sold over 15 million units worldwide, while BioShock 2 has shipped three million units.
Elsewhere there was confirmation that LA Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Sid Meier's Civilization V are all due out in the company's fourth fiscal quarter - which ends 31st October 2010 - but the publisher noted that its guidance "reflects the potential movement of one of these titles into fiscal 2011".
Rockstar's revealed the UK-specific retailer deals for cowboy game Red Dead Redemption. And all the gifts are useful.
It's a classic Rockstar moment. The nocturnal calm is shattered by the shrieks of a prostitute bursting out of a saloon as a man chases her down and assaults her in the street. I move swiftly to her aid but, still acquainting myself with the controls, succeed only in kicking her in the face as she writhes helplessly on the ground.
Rockstar has finally responded to
An individual who claims to represent the wives of Rockstar San Diego staff has claimed that the studio is running its employees into the ground.
Update: The Red Dead Redemption trailer has ridden into town a week early, confirming a release date of 27th April. That's a Tuesday, so we're likely to get either a worldwide simultaneous launch or a European release on 29th April.
Rockstar Games has become a major sponsor of the charity drive known as Movember.
Take-Two has confirmed that it plans to release four major titles in the first half of 2010. BioShock 2, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and Mafia II will all see release between the start of February and end of June 2010, chief executive Ben Feder told investors.
"We are continuing to evaluate the optimal release window for these titles and still plan to release all four titles in the first half of calendar 2010," Feder said, according to GameSpot. "At this point, we don't expect any of these titles to launch within our first fiscal quarter ending January 31, 2010."
Most of these games were originally planned to see the light of day in 2009 - notably, BioShock 2 was originally slated for a late October or early November release. Announcing the delays earlier this year, Take-Two said the games needed longer in development and that it was seeking an "improved retail environment" - suggesting that it was one of many publishers running scared from the release of Modern Warfare 2 this Christmas.
Horse will have their trinkets.
These should spur you on.
Take-Two has said that both Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption will be released in the first half of its next fiscal year, a period covering 1st November 2009 until 30th April 2010.
Look at a map of North America and you're staring into the last four hundred years of the country's history, the layout of the states revealing hints of a westward expansion that was first fiddly and hard-won, then swift and careless. On the eastern side of the continent, the shapes are strange and irregular, each kink in a border as likely to be the result of a land dispute as it is a river or mountain range that had to be worked around. Look west, however, and someone's ditched the niceties and broken out a ruler, carving the territory up in straight lines as much as possible, dividing the wilderness sight-unseen. As time passed, this unexplored chessboard of empty deserts and dusty canyons became home to a hesitant scattering of frontier-posts and shantytowns, populated by hopeless cases and gun-toting weirdoes. The lost and damned, in other words: a promising landscape for videogames, and a perfect setting for one developer in particular.
Rockstar has told Eurogamer that it currently has no plans to show anything at E3, although that may not rule out announcements during the show.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has said "blood and gore and gruesomeness" are key to Red Dead Redemption and its portrayal of the Wild West.
See the video tomorrow morning.
Rockstar's openworld western.
Rockstar has announced Red Dead Redemption for PS3 and Xbox 360, which is due out in autumn 2009.
Developed by Rockstar San Diego, it's a follow-up to 2004's Red Dead Revolver on PS2 and Xbox, and takes an openworld approach to the Wild West, using Rockstar's proprietary RAGE engine.
The publisher describes the game as "a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age".