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Red Dead Redemption 2 release pushed back to spring 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been pushed back to a spring 2018 release, developer Rockstar has just announced. The sequel to the Xbox 360 and PS3 classic was originally pegged for a fall 2017 release, but Rockstar is now keeping it in the oven a bit longer to "deliver the best experience possible" for fans of the franchise.

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Rocktar apologized for the delay, but added that those working on the game "are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready." And really, after such a long wait for the sequel, what's another six months or so to make sure it's in tip-top shape?

Rockstar promises that we'll hear much more about Red Dead Redemption 2 later this summer, likely at E3. To tide fans over, however, the developer released a new batch of screenshots that should dampen the delay's impact just a tad. Check them out in the gallery below.

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26 Comments
  • Crossing my fingers for a PC release, even though the original never got one. 
  • I want them both out on pc
  • Agreed. 
  • Play Anywhere would be amazing 
  • Of course it is.. Because that's what they do. They (management) don't look at a game til the very end, then they tell the developers that it's all wrong.. And it pushes the game 6 months to a year, or more.
    I worked at Rockstar, saw it happen about 10 times.
  • "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad" -Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Agreed, but that's not what he's complaining about. He's saying, they could have planned to make a great game in the timeframe they announced, had they managed the development process better. Likely isn't the developers fault
  • More likely they want to clean it up for PS4 Pro and Scorpio, since they couldn't have anticipated the release of those consoles when they were originally planning for development.
  • It's actually not more likely. I know how they work, that's not ever a problem. They have a team working on the core engine for each platform way in advance.
    What's likely is that they changed things last minute and are asking everyone to work 65-80 hours a week to help make those changes.
  • Good, keep postposing so I can clear some backlog. Also bug fixes BEFORE release is a great thing.
  • Nice. Refine the Scorpio enhancements!
  • Was the first one really that good? Never played it, nor have I seen any gameplay videos.
  • Wow. Yes. Especially when you didn't know to expect it to be so great.
  • One of the best games ever.
  • my favorite rockstar game to date
  • Same, though Bully is up there.
  • Gutted but I don't mind waiting for perfection.
  • Maybe there wasn't enough Brokeback Mountain content. You know them types are everywhere. Gotta make sure they represent that Minor Minority, you know, cause everyone knows at least 4 or 5 in their lives at all times, that don't reside in San Fran. Mark my words, there wasn't enough diversity. "We need more cowboys sittin on a fence eatin puddin"
  • Rockstar don't need to apologize. They don't owe me an apology. The fact that the game is coming out is good enough for me. They can postpone it for another year. Just make it perfect.
  • Exactly.
  • Can't care enough if it's not out for PC. Even then, I suspect it could be the next GTA V, and I don't mean it as a good thing.
  • Good game,features,mega lolz..😁😉😏
  • pc release plzzz
  • While I hate waiting longer, it will be OK in the end if the game isn't released with bugs as are way too many games nowadays
  • It's an open world game, there will be some bugs. It's unavoidable in this style of game due to the scope.
  • As eager as I am for RDR2, I dont mind the wait -- especially if they're improving it to take advantage of Scorpios power and perhaps even VR support