Terrible days for Microsoft, which has seen a trove of documents and internal emails spread across the Internet. In fact, it was the company itself that accidentally uploaded the files, resulting in a massive leak. A series of emails dated May 2022 (via Reddit) reveal the existence of a native version of Red Dead Redemption 2 for next-gen systems. What is not known is whether Take-Two Interactive is still planning to release it today.
According to the emails, Xbox executives - including Phil Spencer, Matt Booty, and Sarah Bond - were working to fill the void left by Starfield’s delay. Rockstar Games’ game had been a candidate for Xbox Game Pass since day one, though the prospects of getting it didn’t look too promising.
Will Red Dead Redemption 2 be coming to current consoles?
Rumors of a Red Dead Redemption 2 port on current consoles are nothing new, but this leak should be taken with a grain of salt, as not only has it been over a year since these emails were sent, but it was leaked some time ago that Rockstar had put these plans aside to focus 100% on the development of GTA VI.
Time will tell if these leaks end up materializing or not, although Phil Spencer - head of Xbox - has published a statement on social media in which he emphasizes that the documents are old and that “the real plans” will be revealed in due course. The executive regretted the situation and promised an “exciting” present and future for the Xbox brand.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is backwards compatible on PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The game is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, while the port of the first game recently saw the light of day on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch (the original is backwards compatible on Xbox machines).