Red Dead Redemption Switch port roasted for “pathetic” $50 price tag

Max Candelarezi
Red Dead Redemption on Nintendo Switch

Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption will arrive for the first time on the Nintendo Switch. Following the announcement, several fans roasted the release once they discovered the included content.

There’s no doubt that Red Dead Redemption is one of Rockstar Games‘ most popular and recognized titles. Originally released in 2010, the game received numerous awards and sold exceptionally well on both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

However, fans have long clamored for the game to be released on other platforms, and while the announcement of a port seemed like a dream come true, it has left multiple players disappointed.

Rockstar recently revealed that the original Red Dead Redemption will be ported by another studio to the PS4 and Switch. Excitement initially spread, but once details emerged, players recognized it wasn’t the long-awaited remake or remaster they were hoping for.

John Marston in Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is one of the best-selling games in gaming history.

After the announcement, one of the main issues that immediately surfaced was the absence of a PC version. Despite being highly requested by fans, the PC platform was left out of the equation once again.

A disappointed fan said, “PC players have been waiting 13 years and still aren’t even getting access to this,” in response to the announcement tweet.

Further, the technical aspects of the port have also drawn criticism. Rockstar’s statements reveal that the new versions won’t support 60 fps or include enhanced visuals: “Hype level gone from 100 to 0 real quick,” expressed another disappointed fan.

However, the biggest letdown for fans was pricing, as Rockstar announced that the RDR port for Switch will cost $50. Given this version lacks significant enhancements and features, the price tag left some fans feeling that they’d be paying too much.

Several other fans expressed their frustration on social media, calling it a “pathetic scam” and stating that the game “is not worth more than $19.99,” as seen in the replies to Rockstar’s announcement tweet. While the news of Red Dead Redemption coming to more platforms initially pleased eager fans, it seems that the reality of the ports has left many feeling underwhelmed.

Devs respond to fans roasting Red Dead Redemption Switch port

In response to the backlash, Take-Two’s CEO doubled down on the price calling it fair. Strauss Zelnick told IGN, “That’s just what we believe is the commercially accurate price for it. [Red Dead Redemption 1] was a great standalone game in its own right when it was originally released, so we feel like it’s a great bundle for the first time, and certainly a great value for consumers.”

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