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Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed again, with Rockstar Games setting a new release date of October 26th, 2018. This is a blow for fans of the series who have been waiting patiently for a sequel, but it’s also a blow for any other publishers releasing games around the same time.
Rockstar first revealed that a new Red Dead game was on the way with a set of tweets teasing an announcement. Then, Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced with a vague release date of Fall 2017. The game was then delayed to Spring 2018. And now it has been delayed yet again.
GTA With Cowboys on Horseback
For the uninitiated, Red Dead Redemption 2 is the latest game in the popular series. First, there was Red Dead Revolver in 2004, and then came Red Dead Redemption in 2010. The games are open-world shooters set in the Wild West. In other words, it’s Grand Theft Auto with cowboys.
Rockstar announced the latest delay in a blog post on the Rockstar Newswire. In an effort to keep people excited for Red Dead Redemption 2 even though it’s now nine months away, Rockstar released some new screenshots from the game, but it’s the short statement that’s important…
“We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. 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.”
These kinds of delays aren’t unusual. It’s just that Rockstar’s games are so anticipated that any kind of delay is newsworthy. It’s also clear Rockstar doesn’t want to release an inferior product, so it would rather take the time finishing the game rather than hit an arbitrary release date.
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Let’s just hope the release date sticks this time, and that the finished product reflects the extra time and attention Rockstar lavished on Red Dead Redemption 2. The previous game was a masterpiece that is still highly playable today, so this sequel has a lot to live up to.
Are you looking forward to playing Red Dead Redemption 2? Is it a Day One purchase for you? If so, how do you feel about the game being delayed again? Would you rather it was released earlier and then patched at a later date? Please let us know in the comments below!