Most of us predicted it, no-one wanted it. Our worst fear has been realised, it will be a longer time than anticipated until we can finally play the follow-up numbered game to the 2010 spaghetti-western powerhouse which placed gamers into the firm leather-clad boots of John Marston as he redeemed a life of crime while helping the federal government to ‘apprehend’ the members of his former gang. Red Dead Redemption combined the choice and vast open-world nature of the GTA series with the old-west style of movies such as ‘the man with no name’ series to deliver one of the best and fast selling games of all time.
The next RDR game was that of a strange nature in that, the setting was kept however instead of being pitted against members of gangs and outlaw outfits, Mr Marston is fighting for his – and the old west – survival against hordes of varying undead creatures with different abilities and weaknesses – needless to say, the DLC was a hit, so much so that the decision was made to release it as a stand-alone experience, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare – it sold VERY well on its own merit.
Now we fast forward to October 2016 and Rockstar posted a cryptic message on their Social Media pages in the art style and theme of the RDR series. This ‘announcement’ led to wild theories around the internet until finally, two days after the initial teasing, Rockstar announced that RDR:2 was coming and displayed a wonderfully vague video – no gameplay. The announcement led to Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, to experience a six point climb in the market and sparked a petition to release the game on Windows platforms.
At this time, Rockstar and Sony have a timed exclusivity deal, this means that the Playstation platform will receive some features earlier than other consoles however, there is no current deal which binds the game to the Sony console indefinitely.
Come forward now to May 22nd, 2017 Rockstar announced that the initial time-frame for release – fall 2017 – had been pushed forward to Q1/2 of 2018 – Spring 2018 in lay aperson terms.
The decision was made to push the release back to ensure that the game, which is the first to be produced specifically for next-gen platforms from Rockstar, would be the best realisation of the developer’s vision.
Delays are becoming something of an expectation when releasing games, however, very rarely do we receive a cogent argument for the delay, I think we can all agree that if Rockstar want more time to make their game ‘top-notch’, then we should absolutely give them that time, after all, no-one wants another Manhunt 2 situation.
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