When Grand Theft Auto 5 finally made its way over to PC last year, it offered a substantial graphical upgrade compared to its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One counterparts. Ever since the game’s PC release, the modding scene has been booming, allowing experienced modders to improve and change the game in many different aspects, especially concerning graphical enhancement.

For one intrepid group of GTA modders, even the game’s PC graphics weren’t good enough. They’ve been working hard on creating GTA 5 Redux, which will massively overhaul the graphics in Rockstar’s seminal open-world crime simulator. It may even be a window to the future as to what Grand Theft Auto 6 will look like.

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Real-life Grand Theft Auto (almost)

Grand Theft Auto 5 Redux, certainly the most ambitious mod for the game to date, now has a firm release date: August 26. The mod will introduce a wide variety of improvements, including a brand-new weather system, simulated global illumination, more realistic fog, and much, much more.

In addition to systematic changed, the mod will introduce more life-like textures for billboards, destructible surfaces, and ground debris. The particle count has been increased for all graphical effects, allowing for an incredibly realistic gaming experience.

In addition to completely overhauling the graphical system, Redux has tweaked a number of in-game behaviors. Police behavior has been improved, which, in-turn causes more law enforcement vehicles and personnel to be dispatched to your location if you’ve done something really illegal. Pedestrian behavior and density has been completely overhauled as well, improving interaction throughout San Andreas. You’ll also be able to see characters from the story walking around.

GTA V Redux – Paving the road for the next generation of games

You can view the mod’s launch trailer below, which shows off its improved weather systems, 4K textures, shadows, increased particle effects, light pollution, terrain tessellation, and whole host of other features that can also be read about in more detail on GTA 5 Redux’s official website.

The Redux modification is likely to bring up questions on whether the same can be done to other games. There are countless games that offer incredible graphics that could pave the road for improvement, such as Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption.” Additionally, as GTA 5 is one of the most popular videogames of all time, is this a potential glimpse as to what GTA 6 will look like?

Such an incredible graphical and gameplay overhaul of one of this generation’s seminal videogames is a glimpse as to what the next generation of gaming consoles and technology might bring.