Take-Two didn't take this one lightly.
Take-Two Interactive has a more than impressive portfolio of gaming franchises under their belt, and Red Dead Redemption is just one of them. The recently released sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, came almost eight years after its original installment. Red Dead Redemption 2 was the best-selling retail game in its first week of release and the second-fastest-selling game of 2018 in the UK sales charts. PC users waited impatiently for the title's release, coming around a year later.
However, the first installment of Red Dead Redemption never saw the light on PC, and 'DamnedDev' decided to take the opportunity to bring the original installment's content to the recently released sequel. That's how the 'Red Dead Redemption: Damned Enhancement Project' was born, with the main purpose to bring the first entry's content to PC. Take-Two reportedly sent several warnings to 'DamnedDev' to cease and desist his project once it started gaining traction. Things didn't go down well when both parties wanted to hold their ground on the topic, and on December 26, Take-Two Interactive officially filed a lawsuit at a New York court against a Johnathan Wyckoff and John Does 1-10.
“Take-Two brings this action to maintain control over its world-famous video games in the face of Wyckoff’s publicly stated intent to distribute unauthorized software files that would dramatically change the content of Take-Two’s video games. Those unauthorized changes include but are not limited to importing the entire game map of 2010’s Red Dead Redemption into the 2018 game Red Dead Redemption II, enhancing graphics and visuals in Take-Two’s Red Dead Redemption game, and allowing players to play an enhanced version of the game on personal computer (‘PCs’), a platform for which Take-Two itself has not yet released the Red Dead Redemption game."
The company's lawsuit focuses on two main points. Firstly, they believe the 'Red Dead Redemption: Damned Enhancement Project' can hinder the sequel's sales if it gets completed, as well as using files from RDR2 and Grand Theft Auto V to improve the visuals and even add features to the original series entry to get it up to today's gaming standards. Secondly, they believe the addition of the entire Red Dead Redemption map and content to the sequel would "dramatically change the RDR2 experience," while also affecting the sales potential of an RDR1 remake if Take-Two ever decides to make one and bring it to PC. Let us know what you think of the entire situation.