Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed to Spring 2018

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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.

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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.

 

Darksiders 3 Announced, Coming 2018

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After an exciting leak this morning that lead to an image of Darksiders III in Amazon, THQ Nordic came forward and officially announced Darksiders 3. It’s due in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

“As promised, we have taken our time to ensure that this next Darksiders will be everything action-adventure gamers and especially Darksiders loyalists could dream of and more,” said Lars Wingefors, co-founder and CEO of THQ Nordic.

THQ is working with Gunfire Games, who includes several prominent developers from the now defunct Vigil Games, makers of the two-game Darksiders series (for the rest of the Vigil Team, see Battle Chasers: Nightwar).

“The Gunfire team brings an intimate involvement with every aspect of the Darksiders franchise since its inception,” said Reinhard Pollice, Director of Product Development, THQ Nordic. “There is simply no team better qualified to create Darksiders III, beginning with our unpredictable and enigmatic hero Fury – a mage who is considered the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!”

Like the second game, Darksiders III will tell another side-story starring one of the Four Horsemen during and after the apocalypse. Or should we say Horsepeople? Darksiders III’s protagonist is the female Horsemen Fury (in Darksiders lore, the Horsemen are War, Death, Fury, and Strife). She’s described as more of a mage-style character with a wicked whip. But the series is still very much action-oriented, with plenty of Zelda-style dungeons and puzzles.

As a fan of the series, I’m a bit disappointed that we’re getting yet another single-character focused side-story. The first Darksiders game has one of the most promising endings around, but we’ve yet to have a proper sequel that stars all four of them. Still, more Darksiders is definitely a good thing. Darksiders III is slated for release in 2018.