‘Red Dead Redemption 2’: Hot Coffee Strikes Back
- One of Rockstar’s most infamous moments returns.
- This time it’s fan-created rather than accessing a blocked feature.
- Publisher Take-Two is less than pleased.
Show of hands, who remembers the Hot Coffee debacle for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? Back in the days of Jack Thompson and the waves of attacks on video games by politicians, special interest groups, and ill-informed parents were even more commonplace than now, this was the incident that really set them off. If there’s one thing that causes more outrage than violence in entertainment media, it’s sexual content. Hot Coffee, as it came to be known, was a minigame where players could have sex within Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that was cut from the game before release. The problem is, it wasn’t literally cut but merely rendered inaccessible. When San Andreas came to PC in 2005, modders stumbled on it and basically re-enabled access. Controversy ensued, the game was temporarily pulled from sale. Talk about complete and total chaos, and it was a moment in gaming history still talked about today.
Well, Hot Coffee is back, and this time it’s moved out of the urban sprawls of San Andreas and out into the quaint countrysides of Red Dead Redemption 2. This time it’s not the fault of some buried code simply unleashed, but entirely the creation of modders known as Unlosing and Jedijosh920 over at Nexusmods. Much like the original Hot Coffee, the actions are present despite the characters being fully clothed. It’s about as risque as any nightclub dance floor these days.
I mean in all seriousness, you’re going to see more skin and action on a Tuesday night television drama these days. The mod was created by using animations from another mission and applying it to Arthur and company according to Unlosing, who spoke out to PCGamesN after being confronted by publisher Take-Two:
I was a bit surprised and didn’t expect Take-Two to worry about a single-player mod this much. I find it crazy how Rockstar Games can add hookers to its games, but when someone uploads a mod (not even of the same quality) it’s suddenly ‘inappropriate’.
The mod doesn’t contain any nudity or nude models, and only uses assets that are still in the game. The animations are from the drunk bar mission with Lenny (which are still in the game), and the ‘moaning’ noises are simply the sounds the [character models] make when they get injured. Also, they mention ‘online services’, however this mod is only available for single-player. To answer your question: no, I don’t think it’s fair.
There’s a great point to be raised here. Since GTA3 prostitutes have been commonplace in the series. Grand Theft Auto V, the prior release from Rockstar Games and Take-Two before Red Dead Redemption 2, went as far as three different tiers for their ‘services’ for $50, 75, and $100 respectively. Do you mean to tell me that there’s suddenly been a change of heart? I don’t think so. I think this has everything to do with the fact it brings back bad memories for Rockstar and Take-Two and in a moment of over concern they’re looking to crack down on an otherwise harmless mod. Remember, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a game with realistic bullet wounds and gore but apparently fully clothed ‘bedroom locomotion’ is a bridge too far. What’s the verdict from our readers? Let us know down below.