Rockstar Games has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 26, 2018. The announcement was made on the official Rockstar Games blog where the company apologized for a delay. The game was originally due out during Spring 2018, following an earlier delay from fall 2017. According to Rockstar, this new delay affords the studio extra time to improve the game.
“We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26, 2018,” it said. “We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.”
It continued: “We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.” Alongside the release date announcement, a selection of new screenshots have also been released, which you can check out below.
As previously detailed, Red Dead Redemption 2 follows protagonist Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang “as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.”
In May 2017, we got new screenshots showing off various environments, and prior to that, we got Redemption 2’s first trailer. More recently, in September 2017, Rockstar released a second Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer teasing the game’s story, combat, characters, and some notable moments from throughout.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to both PS4 and Xbox One; however, there’s no word on a PC version as of yet. The first Red Dead Redemption has not been released on PC, but Rockstar’s last major release, Grand Theft Auto V, made its way to PC.
Interestingly, in December 2017, Grand Theft Auto V players discovered references to secret missions in an update that connects to Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar later sent GTA Online players an email in-game that provides a clue to help them pursue “rumors of a lost relic from the frontier.” Completing this mission awarded players with a Double-Action Revolver for use in Red Dead Redemption 2.
One of the big questions surrounding Red Dead Redemption 2 is how the huge success of GTA Online will factor into it. Although Rockstar hasn’t announced an online component to the game, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of the studio’s parent company Take-Two, previously said to expect a “recurrent consumer spending” element to be included in most if not all of the company’s games going forward. He left the exact form this model will take ambiguous, however.
“We’ve said that we aim to have recurrent consumer spending options for every title that we put out at this company,” Zelnick said. “It may not always be an online model. It may not, probably won’t always be, a virtual currency model, but there’ll be some ability to engage on an ongoing basis with our titles after release across the board.”