Today Rockstar Games have announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed once again. This time however they’re providing a firm release date: October 26. It’s set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 1, 2018
“We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay,” states the brief post by Rockstar Games. “While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish. We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it.”
The bad news comes with a spoonful of sugar in the form of several new screenshots. You can check them out here.
This marks the second time the highly anticipated sequel has been delayed. When Red Dead Redemption 2 was initially announced in late 2016, it was given a Fall 2017 release date. It was then pushed back to Spring 2018, and now finally to Fall 2018. If you guessed ‘two years’ from the time of the original announcement, congratulations you won the release window lottery.
Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be a massive game. It’s a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, which was basically Grand Theft Auto set during the sunset years of the Old West. Red Dead featured some of Rockstar’s best writing and world building. It’s largely considered one of the greatest games of the last generation. It also set the multiplayer stage for what eventually became Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode, Grad Theft Auto Online.
October is among the busiest release window for major game releases. And it doesn’t get much bigger than a Rockstar game. Grand Theft Auto V has become one of the best selling video games of all time, nearing the astonishing 100 million mark. Red Dead Redemption has sold only a fraction as much (still putting it at 15 million), but it was also never ported to PC, nor given any kind of HD remaster treatment.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to launch October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will most likely follow other Rockstar Games with an M rating.