A couple weeks ago, gamers were ecstatic to learn that Rockstar Games may be looking into adding cross-platform play for its upcoming sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2. Now, a new rumor is circulating that Rockstar’s focus on cross-play for Red Dead Redemption 2 is the reason the game is getting delayed to 2018.

The rumor comes by way of Blasting News, which shares the rumor without citing any sources, even anonymous ones. Naturally, gamers should take such claims with a grain of salt until those involved with the game either confirm or deny the rumor. That said, the concept is certainly compelling given Rockstar’s desire to see cross-play come to pass for Red Dead Redemption 2.

According to Blasting News, the delay is due to Rockstar’s challenge in convincing Sony to join in the cross-play plan. That’s an interesting idea given Sony’s recent comments on cross-platform play with Xbox One and PC.

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At this year’s E3, it was announced that Minecraft and Rocket League will soon allow cross-play between Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 4 was notably missing from the list of platforms included in the cross-play, and Sony responded to questions from gamers saying it was worried about potential security issues with PlayStation Network were it to open it up for cross-play.

If Rockstar truly is working with Sony to approve cross-platform play, then one could argue the company needs to delay the game in order to get the necessary approvals from Sony. Still, it seems like holding back an entire game just for the chance at cross-play between platforms is a bit of a stretch.

One need only look at the incredible success of Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online to know that Rockstar doesn’t necessarily need to delay the game because of Sony’s holdout on cross-play. Rockstar could easily launch the game this fall if it wanted to, and continue pushing for cross-play over the ensuing months and years as an added bonus for gamers. In fact, as a gaming company, Rockstar is in the business of making money on sales, and it doesn’t seem like cross-platform play would offer much more profit potential. So the idea that Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed because of cross-play is a bit hard to swallow at the moment.

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It’ll be interesting to see if this rumor carries any weight, and what Rockstar and Sony will say about the effort to make Red Dead Redemption 2 a cross-platform game. If this is Rockstar’s focus, and it’s able to convince Sony to make the move, it could have a significant impact on the console gaming world going forward.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is expected to release Spring 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Blasting News