Rockstar tends to walk to the beat of their own drum when it comes to release dates for their games. In the case of the long-awaited sequel to Red Dead Redemption, this has certainly been the case as the game recently saw its release date pushed back a second time with it most recently being announced for October 2018.
For those fans that are patiently waiting for the release of the game, it sounds like this date is set in stone. That is according to CEO of Take Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick who told investors in a recent earnings call that he’s confident and excited about the release date for the game.
When asked what the delay was for, Zelnick confirmed what Rockstar relayed in their original messaging and that is that the game needed more polish. The delay of Red Dead Redemption 2 does make sense for the fall. A busy shopping season for game buyers, Take Two is likely looking to replicate the ridiculous success of Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V released in September of 2013. Pushing into October, Rockstar will be competing with the likes of a new Battlefield game and likely many other big “AAA” titles which have yet to announce dates… that is, if they don’t get out of the way of what should be a top-seller.
That said, things do happen, and Red Dead 2 could see another delay, but it does not sound likely according to the CEO of Rockstar’s parent company.