Fans of the Red Dead Redemption series may be sad to hear that a mod project was shut down recently. According to Polygon, Take Two Interactive shut down a project known as “Red Dead Redemption Damned Enhancement Project”, a fan project developed by Johnathon Wyckoff.
The project was allegedly intended to “[enhance] graphics and visuals in Take-Two’s Red Dead Redemption game and make it playable on Windows PC”.
In a post on a Grand Theft Auto forum back in September, Wyckoff had stated that the project was “halted”, and on December 27th, he stated that the project was cancelled. According to Torrent Freak, on December 26th Take Two Interactive filed lawsuit against the developer at a New York court. The main argument of Take Two is that the developers projects are in breach of Take Two’s intellectual property rights and violate the user agreement license.
The other project that the lawsuit focuses on is the “RDRII Project” which intends to add the full Red Dead Redemption map to Red Dead Redemption 2. The lawsuit states that “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, a platform for which Take-Two itself has not yet released the Red Dead Redemption game.”
Take Two also argues that Wyckoff cannot claim to be taking on these projects as a hobby due to him taking donations as a form of payment. Wyckoff had also been given multiple cease and desist letters with a deadline of November 18th to comply with Take Two’s Demands.
As this deadline passed without Wyckoff’s compliance, Take Two argued that it had no choice but to file a lawsuit seeking “injunctive relief and damages that it will suffer as a result of Wyckoff’s direct and contributory copyright infringement under the Copyright Act of 1976”.
That is currently where the story pauses, but as the case unfolds, we’ll have more information.