Thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2 delay

Rockstar recently announced a release date of October 26th 2018 for Red Dead Redemption 2 that included an apology for the delay. Text is below if you don’t want to follow the link:

Dear All,

We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. 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.

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.

With thanks,
Rockstar Games

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Maybe it’s just me (likely) but I’ve always been happy to wait until the game is done and don’t always see the need for developers to have to apologise. In this case it’s not a sports game tied to the start of a season and even then it’s only a few more months away. As far as I’m concerned if we have to wait a little longer for additional polish then so be it. The teams at Rockstar had already earned the chance to take their time with games thanks to the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

Of the open world games I’ve played I think I have the most fondness for RDR thanks to it supplying some brilliant moments that stuck with me far longer than anything else. Seems I’m not the only one who is a fan of the atmospheric ride into Mexico and how it handles that so well that it seriously makes you feel like you’re in a movie. But then that could also happen any time you stopped to admire the sunsets which was always easy to do when you’re taking your time and travelling by horse. The end of the game was really special too. It may have been telegraphed (technologically appropriate) to many players but how the story of John Marston ends still hits hard and was backed up with a great epilogue that closed it out perfectly. If waiting longer means that more moments like those can be presented at their very best when the game is ready to ship, then I’m more than willing to wait. πŸ™‚

What does everyone think about the delay? Feel free to comment below.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will arrive on October 26th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No PC version has been announced yet.

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  1. If a game needs more time I until it’s ready I have no problem with it. The same people getting mad over this will be the same people mad at launch day when they play a buggy ass game that rushed out the door with their impatience.

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    • True! Thinking back GTAV might have been a little rushed considering it was another few months before GTA Online was ready to go. If RDR2 is going to have an online component it’ll be nice if this time it launches with the game. πŸ™‚

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    • I think Mass Effect Andromeda could have avoided a lot of the backlash if only they waited a couple more months to polish. The post launch patches did wonders to improve the game but by that time it was too late for many people.


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