Take-Two has remained bullish in light of the Red Dead Redemption 2 delay this week, with the publishing behemoth believing that gamers will snap up the hotly anticipated Wild West sequel regardless of when it arrives.
Originally announced for a fall 2017 release, Red Dead Redemption 2 will instead arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2018. To be more precise, it’ll show up at some point after April 1, 2018, though an exact release date remains unknown at this point. However, Take-Two doesn’t think the delay matters in the long run.
Speaking during the publisher’s earnings call this week, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, offered the following response when questioned if the game will likely perform better in its new launch window:
“For a title like this, I don’t think the launch window really matters,” said Zelnick. “And obviously, Red Dead Redemption went out in May and was an extraordinarily successful title. Consumers are consuming entertainment year round. Now they don’t stop in the summer months. And we believe that if you give people an extraordinary experience, they will show up for it.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced in fall last year, although not much about the game has released to date. We know that Rockstar is planning a massive online world similar to what it’s done with Grand Theft Auto Online, and promised the story will pack an emotional punch. From what we’ve seen in early artwork, it also appears the game will feature more than one playable protagonist.
In the meantime, those of you who own a PlayStation Now subscription may want to catch up on the original Red Dead Redemption, or perhaps even go back a little further and discover the series’ origins with Red Dead Revolver, which is now available as a PS2 Classic.