The Red Dead Redemption 2 release date will not be before April 1, 2018, Take-Two has confirmed. The news comes just a day after developer Rockstar Games announced that the title has been delayed to spring 2018.
During its recent quarterly financial briefing, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two said that fans should not expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to be released until the 2019 financial year. The 2019 financial year does not begin until April 1, 2018, and therefore fans will be waiting until after April Fools' Day to get their hands on the highly anticipated cowboy epic. Spring ends on June 21, and so there is a two and a half month window (approximately) in which the game could release.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick also explained that "such decisions are not made lightly and are driven by our team's unwavering commitment to unparalleled quality." Zelnick's comment echoes Rockstar's own statement on the delay as it said that it would not release Red Dead Redemption 2 until it is absolutely sure that the game is ready.
When Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially announced, Rockstar had said that it would be released in 2017. Although the developer declined to get more specific about the release window, fans were at least confident that they would have the game in their hands before Christmas. This delay now means that at the very least they will have to wait an extra four months to assume the role of the game's main protagonist (or protagonists as the case may be).
The extra time should give Rockstar long enough to perfect the game and ensure that its proposed multiplayer features are solid and that it does not have another Grand Theft Auto Online launch disaster on its hands. With the developer also having teased a grand story that reaches right across America's heartland, fans will be expected nothing less than a narrative masterpiece too. So, another four months in the development oven will hopefully guarantee that Red Dead Redemption 2 lives up to the lofty expectations that everyone has set for it.
But on the other hand, could other games steal Red Dead Redemption 2's thunder in the meantime? Far Cry 5 is set in Montana, and even though the game is not believed to have a Western cowboy theme, it could scratch the same rural American itch as the Rockstar title. MMO Wild West Online is hoping to capitalize on the interest in a Western setting, and so it too could threaten the Rockstar game's success, but only time will tell.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released in spring 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.