After getting officially revealed in a short teaser trailer, news has been incredibly light for Rockstar Games' highly anticipated western, Red Dead Redemption 2. Not much is known about the game including its release date as Rockstar has been especially quiet on that front. The developer has continued to stick to a general Fall 2017 window, though a leak from a retail chain may have significantly narrowed that timeline to this October.
The folks over on Reddit came across a pre-order page for Red Dead Redemption 2 from Polish retailer Media Markt, and while the page itself was fairly standard, fans noticed that a specific launch date of October 3 was listed. Polish website CD-Action reached out to the store to confirm and an email response was provided that revealed the game's distributor passed the date along to them to post on the pre-order page. Interestingly enough, October 3 is a Tuesday, a traditional release date for North America, though Rockstar has been known to globally release its games as well, so the time frame does line up.
Reddit user Adakam8323 was able to translate the email response which stated, “I would like to inform you that our marketing department was informed by distributor of the game that its airing date is 3rd of October 2017.”
Another layer of intrigue was added a little later when Wioletta Batóg, a PR representative for Media Markt, emailed CD-Action to backtrack a bit by saying that a release date had not yet been confirmed and that the previous person the site had spoken to was mistaken. The date on the listing itself was also updated, changed back to the December 31, 2017 placeholder date.
While 2K and Rockstar continue to guard information over Red Dead Redemption 2, leaks have begun to sprout up a little more lately, potentially revealing details that the company may not want fans to know yet. Just a couple of weeks ago, resume details for actor Matt Bradford revealed that he was involved with the game, providing motion capture for the character Dutch. Roger Grunwald, an actor portraying a German psychiatrist only known as Menchen, also had the information appear on his online resume. As these things tend to go, once the information was discovered, it was quickly taken down and removed without a trace.
What do you think of this situation? Was this a general mistake or is the company perhaps trying to limit the damage done by this slip up? Sound off in the comments below.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for launch sometime later in 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.