There are several high-profile game publishers and developers who can afford to take as much time as they need to release their next tent-pole title. Rockstar Games is definitely one of them. This week they announced that the extremely highly anticipated open-world action-adventure sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 will be arriving Spring 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally teased, then announced late last year with a fall 2017 release date. But anyone familiar with the scope of Rockstar’s titles, such as Grand Theft Auto, knew that was a pipe dream.
“We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes,” states the press release. “But we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be Rockstar Games’ first title to be built entirely within the current generation of hardware.
The first game (a pseudo-sequel to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver) launched in 2010 to critical and commercial acclaim. It is consistently ranked as one of the greatest video games of all time. It sold millions, though a drop in the bucket compared to big brother GTA. It was never remastered nor ported to PC.
Rockstar’s most recent game, Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a best seller. It originally launched in 2013 on the last generation of consoles. It launched the following year for PS4 and Xbox One, then came to PC in 2015.
To help swallow the pill of the delay, Rockstar released several gorgeous screenshots. You can see them below and find more on the main website.
Like all of Rockstar Games’ titles, Red Dead Redemption 2 will undoubtedly be rated M for Mature. The sequel should arrive Spring 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One, with additional details this summer.
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Nintendo has provided its first details into its E3 2017 showcase. As in previous years, Nintendo will forgo a live presentation in favor of a video event called Nintendo Spotlight: Live at E3. The Nintendo Spotlight presentation will kick off E3 by airing on June 13 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.
The E3 Spotlight will focus on the Nintendo Switch games coming out in the latter half of 2017, including the biggest release, Super Mario Odyssey.
Following the E3 Spotlight presentation will be a Nintendo Treehouse live stream. That show will provide a more in-depth and hands-on look at upcoming games for both the Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It will be hosted by members of the Nintendo Treehouse marketing and social team and include developer commentary.
“Our various E3 activities will showcase the next steps for Nintendo Switch, from a summer of social competitive gaming to a holiday season highlighted by a milestone Mario adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO at Nintendo of America. “With Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, fans at home can watch in-depth gameplay of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games launching this year.”
Nintendo will have a sizable presence on the show floor, where they’ll be presenting Super Mario Odyssey for the first time. Nintendo is marketing Odyssey as a true 3D sandbox title for the Mario series – the first seen since 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube.
Two Nintendo Switch tournaments will be live streamed from the E3 showfloor. The first is the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational. It’s the first Splatoon 2 competitive tournament of its kind, comprised of qualifying teams from Japan, Europe, Australia/NZ, and the US. It will be streamed on June 13. Splatoon 2 is scheduled for release on July 21.
The second tournament is the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational, which will feature Nintendo’s upcoming motion-controlled fighting game. The tournament will take place on June 14; ARMS launches on June 16.
More details about Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight and games will be announced as the event draws closer. E3 2017 runs from June 13-15.
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