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Red Dead Redemption 2 release date narrowed down

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Take-Two offered some clarification on the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date, confirming the highly anticipated Wild West sequel will ship in the publisher’s FY 2019. This means the game will arrive in stores after April 1, 2018.

The open-world sequel was originally scheduled for a release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in fall 2017, although Rockstar confirmed on Monday that the game’s launch window had been pushed to spring 2018. To soften the blow, we did at least get a batch of new screenshots on the title, which is looking mighty fine to say the least. 

Rockstar is keeping details on Red Dead Redemption 2 close to its chest for now, although has let slip that the title will feature an extensive online component similar to what the studio has done with Grand Theft Auto Online. The storyline is also set to pack a serious emotional punch, and appears to centre around seven unique characters, indicating there’s more than one protagonist this time around.

The original Red Dead Redemption was also released on the PS4 recently via PlayStation Now, so you can dive back into John Marston’s epic quest to tide you over while you wait for the follow-up. If you haven’t yet sampled one of PS3’s best adventures, then now is a great time to start. 

Rockstar kicked off the Red Dead series in 2004 with Red Dead Revolver for the PS2 and Xbox, with the title later arriving on Sony’s current-generation console via the PlayStation Store. Its spiritual successor, Red Dead Redemption, hit PS3 and Xbox 360 in May 2010 and was a critical and commercial success, shipping over 14 million copies worldwide and bagging numerous accolades in the process. 

Rumors of Red Dead Redemption 2 have been floating around for years prior to its unveiling last fall, although it appears Rockstar has been quietly working on the title for at least three years now.