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Red Dead Redemption 2 delay isn’t worrying one top exec

by Eric Frederiksen | May 24, 2017May 24, 2017 9:00 am PDT

I was out sick when the official word that Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 had been delayed came through, but I knew it all the same. I heard anguished screams from the apartments adjacent to mine. The game was already long-awaited following the 2010 release of Red Dead Redemption, making a delay devastating. Even GameStop felt it, with their stock dropping almost 6 percent in light of the news. Publisher Take-Two Interactive isn’t too worried, though.

During a financial call this week, Take-Two talked about the delay. When asked about whether a summer release would be better than a fall one for the game, CEO Strauss Zelnick gave the most confident answer one could hope for.

If you build it, they will come

“For a title like this, I don’t think the launch window really matters,” he said. Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be massive, and both he and Take-Two know it.

“Obviously, Red Dead Redemption went out in May and was an extraordinarily successful title. Consumers are consuming entertainment year-round. Now they don’t stop in summer months. And we believe that if you give people an extraordinary experience, they will show up for it.”

The delay is hardly a surprise. Nearly every Rockstar game gets delayed at some point. Grand Theft Auto IV and VRed Dead Redemption, Bully and others have all seen delays. Red Dead Redemption 2 was never going to be any different, and neither will Grand Theft Auto VI.

We’re hoping to learn more about Red Dead Redemption 2 over the summer. Rockstar doesn’t do E3, but there’s rumor their Old West epic will appear at Microsoft’s show on June 10, so we’ll see.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...