One of the advantages to being a PC gamer is the vast array of mods and user-created content available for many titles. While not every game is moddable, titles that support modding are more likely to spawn robust, long-lasting communities. Grand Theft Auto V was a huge success that people would be playing no matter what — but the fact that it supports modding is why we’re getting a major graphics overhaul courtesy of Grand Theft Auto V Redux.
According to the mod author, Josh Romito, GTA V Redux features a completely rewritten weather system, simulated global illumination, better tonemapping, improved fog implementation, reduced lens artifacts, chromatic aberration, noise, and environmental blur, new motion blur, depth of field, and bokeh effects, and volumetric lighting for times of day. Weather and particle effects, water, and custom timecycle edits to specific areas of the cityscape, and improved environmental tessellation have also been added.
The mod will be available with a series of presets via ReShade, allowing end users to choose which modes they prefer and to switch between them on the fly if you prefer different settings at different times of day.
This isn’t Romito’s first time behind the helm of a major modding project, but his previous effort to build 4K texture support into GTA V was cancelled after debuting to much acclaim. According to a message posted at the old board, other modders apparently stole his work. Instead of killing his GTA V modding plans altogether, Romito retooled and came back with GTA V Redux. Textures, damage overlays, ground debris, and a full set of 4K textures are all incoming as well.
For those of you curious about non-visual changes, the mod also includes improved weapon recoil, weapon distances, models bullets as projectiles instead of instant-hits, faster rocket fire from vehicles, and an improved melee combat system. Instant-kill shots are less likely, some objects can be shot through, and population levels now fluctuate differently depending on location and time of day. All vehicle handling has also been overhauled and new ragdoll physics have been implemented.
The first gameplay video for Redux is available above. No release date has been announced yet, and Romito warns that the mod will carry a performance penalty. You can’t update a game this extensively for free; expect performance to drop by 5-10 FPS compared to stock depending on your GPU and chosen graphics settings.
The PC release of GTA V has already been hailed as the best iteration of the game, but there were still signs of its original status as a last-generation title, with some relatively simple scene geometry. Mods like GTA V Redux should more than address that problem, with vastly improved image quality and full 4K support. We haven’t even listed half the various improvements to the underlying game, so check the mod page if you want more information.