Mafia II, Red Dead Redemption delayed

2K Czech's mafioso actioner now due during August-October; Rockstar's open-world Western stabled until May 18.

This year began with reports of trouble at Rockstar San Diego, developer of Red Dead Redemption. Accusations of harsh conditions by a person claiming to be an overworked employee's spouse led to further accusations that the open-world Western's development was in trouble. Rockstar Games denied both claims and asserted in January that Red Dead Redemption would ship on April 27 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Red Dead Redemption won't be riding into the retail sunset until May 18.

Unfortunately, Rockstar's claims were premature. As part of its quarterly earnings report today, Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive announced that Red Dead Redemption has been slightly delayed. The game will now mosey into North American stores on May 18 and on May 21 in other territories.

Speaking to analysts after the report, Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said that the delay was because May provided a better release window and would allow Take-Two more time to market the game. He also said that economic conditions "are on the upswing" and that "coming out of an economic downturn is a good time to release a Western."

Mafia II will be locked up a while longer.

Also pushed back is Mafia II, which had been scheduled for release sometime during the first half of the calendar year. The game is now due during Take-Two's fourth fiscal quarter, which runs from August to October.

It will be a busy three months for the publisher, which also plans to release L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, and Sid Meier's Civilization V during the period. So busy, in fact, that Take-Two president and CEO Ben Feder is already laying the foundation for more delays. This afternoon, he stated that the company's fiscal outlook allows for "one of those games being pushed into the next fiscal year."

Mafia II has been in development since at least 2007 at 2K Czech (nee Illusion Softworks) in Prague for the PC, PS3, and 360. Like its predecessor, it is an open-world game set in the 1940s and 1950s in a fictional US city beset by organized crime--of which the player is (naturally) a part.

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KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Surely the best way to market a game is to release it so that it can be reviewed? Most gamers nowadays will only buy a game if it's been given a decent review. Delaying a game so that you can release more flashy, intense trailers does nothing but anger people who have been watching this game get delayed time and time again. AARRRGGGHHHH!!!!

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

Releasing on the same date of one of the most popular action adventures - Prince Of Persia ---- Not a good idea IMO......

Keirnzyboy
Keirnzyboy

@dragon31691 Agreed, also I have yet to see many tv spots, good move on take two's part. Yes the core gamers are ecstatic about the release of this game but the casual gamers probably have no idea it's even coming out, or what the hell the red dead series even is, so given the trailers I've seen online i think if they take the extra month or so to put something on T.V its gonna expand their profits much more than if not. also @Cronus1986 I realize it does suck but this money will pay for our dlc and the next bad ass R.S. game! and they have yet to disappoint me.

dragon31691
dragon31691

@Cronus1986 making video games is a business and so the whole point is to make money. If they can make more money shifting the release date a little bit it would be incompetent of them not to! If they don't make money they can't keep making games for impatient whiners like you.

Cronus1986
Cronus1986

It is also quite likely that the greedy bastards just did this out of financial reasons, lots of great games have come out in march and since they had planned to release it in the last week of march they may have been afraid that lots of people will be broke after buying God of War 3, FF XIII, BF Bad Company 2 and several other games that came out this month... Lots of broke people = crappy first week sales, so they shift the date for 2 months, greed ftl... Anyway whether it is incompitence or simple greed Rockstar fails again...

Cronus1986
Cronus1986

Meh more lies from game devs... They set a concrete release date so people waste money on preorders and then at the last moment they announce that the game will be "slightly" delayed by 2 months lol... It would be understandable if you had a vague Q1 or Q2 date but if you set an exact date then you damn well release it on that date even if you have to work those lazy noobs 24/7 to get it done, sick of devs making promisses they cant keep... This even makes me like Blizzards lame release date policy where they announce it like a week or two before the game comes out, it may be annoying not to know when it comes out, but at least that way people can preorder in peace instead of wondering if the game will be delayed for several months...

lordroxstar
lordroxstar

Gamefreak, aTrueplaya, and nasuang, you guys need to go crawl back into your mothers' womb. I really wish you knew how hard gaming development actually is so you would stop whining about not having a product in hand... you guys are seriously the defintion of the term "waste of space"...

nasuang
nasuang

I want to know the release date of mafia II.Why mafia II don't release on May.Beacuse I went to play mafia II now.

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

r dere any chances of red dead coming for pc ?

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

...games like dese shud only come out once they are completely ready .

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

like i always say. delayed games better come out 1 billion percent complete, ready for dlc, and just perfect. gaming sites should give it 10's and be so awesome it will melt consoles the minute it is downloaded, destroy download services like direct 2 drive and steam and just make you pass out from its awesomeness. come on, delayed games better not be "done" just waiting to be shipped bc of fiscal earnings. they better go back to the drawing boards quickly and add more things for the wait

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

I've been waiting for a whole damn year for the release of Mafia II , but well .. err .. March will get me broke with all those big name games , so "May" may be a better choice

green_dominator
green_dominator

Red Dead delayed.....Mafia II delayed.......It figures..... Red Dead is gonna be cool, I have no doubts but Mafia II is what I look forward to........

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

I can easily wait another 3 weeks for Red Dead Redemption, games looking (surprisingly) awesome. But Mafia 2? Seems like that games been in development forever...

aTRUEplaya
aTRUEplaya

making people work to much? sounds like a good idea to me, rockstar. after all, the more work put in the better. and i can deal with a 2 week delay. CANT deal with the six month delay on mafia 2

GameFreak523
GameFreak523

RDR just fell to the bottom of my buying list now. 1.Uncharted 2 2.FFXIII 3.Red Dead f*cking Redemption

yeah_28
yeah_28

i like games to be pushed for a later release, there are many good games already in the market, and its always good that the developers have more time to finish their games, especially a very important one as mafia 2

MGS_fan_2015
MGS_fan_2015

But I don't wanna wait! I've been looking forward to slinging a six shooter for too long just so that this will happen!

woods0419
woods0419

It seems like game delays are not the exception anymore, they are the rule.

secretgamer666
secretgamer666

2 games I am looking forward to this year!!, delayed again!!!! oh well its been a good year so far, and its gonna get better

coastalliving
coastalliving

WIth Rockstar I think we can rest assured that longer is better. Just hope the whole "work condition" thing is not all true. Because too many "good" companies are built up on the lower tier people working like dogs while the top executives reap the rewards...

SamSharp505_UOC
SamSharp505_UOC

I can wait that long for red dead now I have BC2...still kinda bummed. Better be good!

BloodMist
BloodMist

Mafia, in particular, is one really tough act to follow.I don't mind them taking their time.

Siimgames
Siimgames

awww!!!!!! i was expecting to play Mafia 2 during the summer!

CTR360
CTR360

may have a lot of games damn no big deal so many games coming march

therealdolemike
therealdolemike

got bad company 2 to give me enjoyment till then. frag out

weapon93
weapon93

I hate delays, but what I hate more is when a highly anticipated game is delayed 3 times, then comes out and is crap. Hopefully since it's from Rockstar that won't happen.

Linkari
Linkari

At least it's only a month. Beats the six-month delay for GTA IV and the years for Twilight Princess.

moosesashi
moosesashi

Hmmm, I'm a little bummed out to hear this news. I've been looking forward to Red Dead for a long time now. Then again, what is a couple more weeks? I'm too busy with BioShock 2 and a handful of other games right now anyways. I just hope it doesn't get delayed again...

SpideR_CentS
SpideR_CentS

I don't mind delays if it means a better game. I have too many games to play anyways.

wii_sean_wii
wii_sean_wii

as long as the game is awesome i dnt really care if it takes a little bit more time to be released

leather3
leather3

AGAIN???? This is ridiculous, get the work done on time. I've had Mafia 2 on reserve for 6 years I think

hams360
hams360

this is dissapointing but i think its best for all of us

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

All games that I'm desperately awaiting for are getting delayed. First it happened with Grand Theft Auto IV, then Splinter Cell: Conviction and now this. Sigh !!!

IRISH_VANDAL
IRISH_VANDAL

IMO - RDR is going to be a solid game. If I read the article correctly, it says they are delaying it for "Better Marketing"? What's that? And if i am also correct about this, RDR has already been polished and awaiting the release date. But, if RS can polish a little more, go for it, can only help make it the game most already come to expect from RS. But again, from my understanding in this update, RS is delaying just about everything for marketing and boosting their own fiscal quarters, rather than releasing multiple titles and competing against their very own games. Either way. Can't wait for any of these titles to hit shelves. Later peps.

Majspotatis
Majspotatis

OMG THIS CAN'T HAPPEN!! Will I ever get Mafia 2?

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

Mafia II is starting to scare me. It's been in the cooker way to long.

XanderKage
XanderKage

Damn delays... Guess nothing we can really do except hope that the dev will use that time to make the games better.

DannyC_pt
DannyC_pt

Well, as long as RDR comes out as the perfect game I don't mind waiting a few more weeks before grabbin' my pair of six-shooters and get me some shootin' done.

ajdyrnes
ajdyrnes

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lilkidtrapped
lilkidtrapped

I think its funny that alot of people complain about game delays, but are the first ones to get on and wine about bugs and bad gameplay. it just gives you time to save up your little change for more games and lets you finish some others. Lets just hope theyre doing what needs to be done.

chipotleplease
chipotleplease

This had better be the only delay on this game. I've been waiting for this game for months and I was counting down the days. It will be worth the wait regardless. GO WAR HORSE!

SithChampion
SithChampion

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usmanwah
usmanwah

I seriously have had enough of delays :@ Just release the damned games for God`s sake!!!!!

jay-gully
jay-gully

Why does it have to come out within a week of the release of UFC Undisputed 2010? i'm sure many MMA fans are Rockstar fans, but most are only gonna have time or money for one or the other.

hotshot331
hotshot331

I don't mind RDR being delayed. That way i get more time for Just Cause 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2