Gamers from across the world were dismayed upon the announcement of “Red Dead Redemption 2” being delayed. With this, the game’s developers explained the reason behind the decision to push its launch to next year.
Gamespot reported that Rockstar Games shed some light as to why they opted to delay the game even further. They initially announced that the game will have a 2017 fall release. Now, they moved this to a 2018 spring launch. During an earnings call last Tuesday, Strauss Zelnick of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two said that the delay was necessary. He said they needed “to make sure” they come up with “the most extraordinary” his team is “capable of providing.”
During the call, one of the analysts also asked Zelnick about the specific reasons for the delay. The Rockstar boss replied by saying: “We have not run into particular issues. We are building a new game from the ground up for the first time for new-generation consoles. And the pressure that we put on ourselves to deliver excellence and to delight consumers is extraordinary.”
Moreover, he also stressed that “appropriate time is taken to do the very best job” to meet the standard and expectations of the consumers from games developed by Rockstar. “So we support emphatically the label’s decision and we are utterly confident that it will prove in time to be wise first and foremost creatively and artistically, economically as well.”
In addition, Zelnick also expressed his confidence that “Red Dead Redemption 2” will certainly appeal and leave a positive impression to a wide audience.
As a result of the delay, the company’s share price took a big hit. It plummeted to $62.90 from a near all-time high of $69.04 prior to the announcement. The stock price eventually regained its momentum and returned to with a bang, reaching a new all-time high, according to another report by Gamespot.
“Red Dead Redemption 2” will likely launch during Take-Two’s 2019 fiscal year. This means the game will likely roll out not sooner than April 2018.