Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Until 2018

Rockstar now says the game will launch next spring.


Update: Take-Two has provided a bit more insight into when we can expect Red Dead Redemption 2, saying it won't be out before April 2018. The original story follows.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now slated for release "Spring 2018," Rockstar announced today via Twitter.

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The game, which is in development for PS4 and Xbox One, was originally scheduled to launch for both platforms this fall. Rockstar says the title was delayed in order to "ensure we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans." The developer elaborated on its official website:

"This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans."

Rockstar says it will share more news about the game "this summer." The developer also released a gallery of new Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots to tide fans over in the meantime. You can take a look at the new images below.

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Rockstar's parent company Take-Two is already feeling the effects of the game's delay. After closing out the day $69.04, which was near an all-time high for the company, Take-Two's stock has plunged in after-hours trading to $62.56 as of this writing. The company is set to report its earnings tomorrow, May 23.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been announced for PS4 and Xbox One thus far, so a PC release seems unlikely. Similarly, Take-Two has no plans to bring the game to Switch, though the publisher says it is "intrigued and excited" about the platform.

This story has been updated.

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