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.