After months of waiting with no word from Rockstar, we now know when Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch. The bad news is, it’s a long ways off from the promised spring 2018 window. Rockstar’s highly anticipated open-world Western arrives on October 26th, 2018.
Alongside the delay announcement, Rockstar posted a brief note explaining why the game had been pushed back, along with a new selection of screenshots. There’s noting really surprising in the explanation, just the standard rationale for most delays:
We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. 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. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.
The new screens are a bit more exciting, showing off many of the mysterious characters and locations we’ve seen in the trailers and showcasing just how impressive the game’s graphics are. The splintering wood effects on display in a couple of the shots, in particular, seem absurd. Check out all the screens for yourself:
Perhaps the delay shouldn’t be too surprising, given everything official and unofficial we’ve heard about the game. Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two, has said time and again that the publisher will delay the game as long as necessary to ensure it’s good, and specifically noted that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be successful no matter when it launched. Recent retailer listings had already indicated the game could be delayed until summer, but now, of course, we know it’s arriving even later than that. Plus, an earlier, seemingly accurate leak also suggested the game wasn’t proceeding as smoothly through development as Rockstar would like.
Still, even with the incredibly long wait and two prior delays, this is the first time Rockstar has committed to a specific date for the game. Given that specificity, and the fact that it’s a full year after the originally announced fall 2017 window, it’s a safe bet this one will stick. Red Dead Redemption 2 launches October 26th, 2018, on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Source: Rockstar Newswire