As reported several days ago, Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 had been officially delayed, moving from its initial Spring 2018 release window to the date October 26, 2018. This was the second time the highly-anticipated prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption had been delayed, as it was originally slated for a Fall 2017 release. Developer/publisher Rockstar apologized for the delay but stated that it allowed the studio more time to polish the game.

Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar’s parent company) commented on the delay during the company’s first earnings call since said the delay was announced, stating that he is “confident” that this is the last time Red Dead Redemption 2 will be delayed and that the new release date will be the definitive one.

Zelnick also went into more detail regarding his thoughts on the delay, stating that:

“The entire focus of this organization is on delivering the highest quality entertainment experiences of any kind. More often than not, we feel proud that we’re able to do that. All of our labels are focused on releasing a title when they reach that apex of effort and perfection. And in this instance, Rockstar Games felt more polish was required, and naturally, we are in favor of that decision.

“A genuine, not financially driven commitment to quality comes firs. Thankfully, we run what we believe is a highly rational, exceedingly disciplined business environment, which gives people who are creating a very safe place to do their very best work.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released for Xbox One and PS4 on October 26th.

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