As fans of the Wild West prepare to saddle up for the long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games promises that the bloodthirsty shooter won't be delayed any further.
Easily one of 2018's most hotly-anticipated games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a rootin'-tootin' prequel to 2010's critically-acclaimed game and the third title in the Red Dead series after 2004's Revolver. It has been a long time coming, but the dust finally seems to be settling on plains of the Old West and one of Rockstar's biggest games to date.
As the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick made a solemn promise to Mad Money's Jim Cramer on CNBC that Red Dead Redemption 2 will hit shelves on its intended date of October 26. Assuring gamers, "When I said hand on heart, it's over 1,000 people at Rockstar Games with their hands on their hearts," the road to Redemption is finally coming to an end.
Originally scheduled for fall 2017, Redemption 2 was pushed back to July to allow for "further development" and then shifted again to October. Bear in mind that Zelnick had similar confidence in the game making July release before the October delay, so only time will tell if October 26 is a date everyone should book off work.
Despite the repeated delays, actual footage and gameplay from Red Dead Redemption 2 has been scarce, leading many hopeful that E3 will have some major Red Dead Redemption 2 reveals. Although it is a follow up (and much bigger title) to 2010's game, Redemption 2 will follow the earlier days of Dutch Van der Linde's gang and looks to even include a young version of previous protagonist John Marston. This time, Rockstar will be focussing on newcomer Arthur Morgan as he rises through the ranks of gun-toting outlaws.
Elsewhere, the fan-favorite Honor system will be back, meaning that how Morgan treats the fellow NPCs will directly affect the outcome of the game. If this wasn't enough to get gamers clanking their spurs in excitement, Red Dead Redemption 2 will continue 2010's spectacular use of horse riding, quick-draws and colorful characters who tread the line between heroes and villains. Zelnick is not only promising to deliver on time, but to create something that can top its predecessors.
Red Dead Redemption recently grabbed headlines with its flashy Xbox One X 4k update, but fans are looking into the sunset and can't wait to while getting stuck in with the prequel. Rockstar is known for delivering stellar games like the open world Grand Theft Auto V, so here's hoping that the studio can do it again this time around. Although analysts suggest that no game will ever be able to top the industry highs of GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 is taking a pretty good crack of the whip to try and get there.