Saturday, 25 Jun 2022

Red Dead Redemption Might Be The Only Limited-Time PS3 Game On PS Plus Premium

PlayStation Plus recently launched its revamped services, including a selection of PS3 games that are available on the Premium tier. This selection includes Red Dead Redemption, a game that’s long been available on PS Now but has since been rolled into the new tier-based subscription service. The only weird thing is that Red Dead Redemption seems to be one of the only games to have an expiration date.

As noted by Rockstar Mag’s Chris Klippel, Red Dead Redemption is only available on PS Plus Premium until October 17. Checking out the 140-plus games available, Klippel found the only other title to have an expiration date was Undead Nightmare. Interestingly, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 also has an expiration date, although it's not the only PS4 game to have one.

"Yes, it's strange," Klippel wrote in response to a Twitter follower. "We checked the 140 PS3 games ourselves. Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare are the only games that won't stay indefinitely…"

This time limit could just be the game’s original expiration on PS Now. Or, as Klippel suggests, it could be the first concrete sign that Rockstar is working on a Red Dead Redemption remaster. Prior to the release of the GTA remastered trilogy, Rockstar removed all previous ports and remasters from digital storefronts.

A Red Dead remaster has been one of the more enduring rumors, but sources speaking to Kotaku last year said that if the GTA remasters sold well Rockstar would turn to Red Dead Redemption next. Although a critical failure due to technical issues and curiously poor visuals, the GTA remastered trilogy was a commercial success, selling 10 million copies as of February.

If all this holds true, we could be just a few months away from Red Dead Redemption returning with enhanced visuals. In the meantime, you’ve got until October to experience the original game via PS Plus, although it’s only available in 720p via cloud streaming.

In other PS Plus news, retailers are reportedly discontinuing the old PS Plus subscription cards, so you might want to cash those in if you've got some lying around.

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