Remember that time when we all thought Red Dead Redemption 2 was going to release in 2017? Those were good times. However, with a game of this scale, it was probably misguided to think that they’d adhere to that promise and unsurprisingly the game has been delayed to the 26th of October 2018, just in time for the holiday season. It’s quite a dramatic delay, being almost a year, but Take-Two is confident that this will be the final delay for the cowboy simulator.
During Take-Two’s earnings call, CEO Strauss Zelnick had the following to say regarding the game’s delay and ultimate release date:
“The entire focus of this organisation is on delivering the highest quality entertainment experiences of any kind. More often than not, we feel proud that we’re able to do that. All of our labels are focused on releasing a title when they reach that apex of effort and perfection. And in this instance, Rockstar Games felt more polish was required, and naturally we are in favour of that decision [delaying the game]. The date of October 26 is set, and I am confident that will be the release date. We are incredibly excited about it.”
Even if Take-Two’s monetisation models and strange release philosophies are slightly questionable, they do take care to ensure that their top-shelf games are of such quality that they persist throughout the years. Grand Theft Auto V is four years old at this point, but it’s still on the top-sellers list and the online ecosystem is still flourishing to this day. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be another landmark release for them and it’s not entirely unsurprising that they’re taking their sweet time with it.
We’re all anxious to jump into the Wild West again, but patience is a virtue and October is going to be quite the explosive month.