Rockstar Pushes Red Dead Redemption 2 Into 2018, Surprises No One

Looks like we won’t be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 this year after all; Rockstar has officially delayed its long-anticipated Western sequel to spring 2018.

To cushion the blow, the studio also lifted the curtain on a raft of new screenshots showcasing its old-timey rendition of the American heartland. From the smoke billowing from a rickety old train to a group of bandits moseying through town, there’s no question that Red Dead Redemption 2 continues to impress in the visual department. But Rockstar has now come to the conclusion that RDR2 needs to spend a little more time in the oven, with the studio’s official statement revealing that “some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.”

Originally penciled in for fall 2017, fans have stipulated that the extra development time will be used to craft a PC version – to date, Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One – though Rockstar fails to mention the possibility of a port during today’s statement.

Per Rockstar Games:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set to launch Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 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.

We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of new screenshots from the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Boasting “incredible emotional depth” and an online component that will open up to PS4 players first – timed-exclusive DLC has also been mentioned as part of Sony and Rockstar’s content agreement – Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sequel seven years in the making. Now, we’ll just have to wait that little bit longer.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has officially been nudged into 2018, and that sound you hear is every other video game publisher poised to ship a game this holiday season breathing a collective sigh of relief. But what do you make of Rockstar’s decision? Are you at all surprised that RDR2 has slipped out of this calendar year? Do let us know.