Red Dead Redemption 2’s Delay – Take-Two Wants Fans to Know the Reason Behind This “Difficult” Decision
For some, Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is becoming something of an emotional roller coaster. The game went from being released at any given time this year, to potentially being released a week after Destiny. This of course was an offhand comment and was not fact, though many hoped it was. Now the title has been moved back to the Spring of 2018, but don’t worry, Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay comes not from an issue with the game but rather to give Rockstar a chance to realize their vision for the upcoming title, to make it exceptional.
During an earnings call yesterday, Strauss Zelnick of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive explained the reasoning behind Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay stating that that the purpose was ensure they deliver a truly extraordinary experience. An analyst asked whether or not the were any specific issues which may have caused the delay but Zelnick explained that wasn’t the case.
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.We want to make sure that the appropriate time is taken to do the very best job we can and I think that’s what consumers expect of Rockstar games and that’s what Rockstar games typically delivers. 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.”
Zelnick also mentioned during the call that it would be an “extraordinary understatement” to say that Take-Two was confident in Rockstar and RDR2’s ability to appeal to a very broad audience and be very successful. At the same time however, Take-Two realizes it’s not in their nature to count their chickens before they hatch (There are chickens now, this ride is crazy).
Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay comes from a good place. Hopefully with the extra time the team at Rockstar will be able to fully realize the game as they envisioned. After RDR2 releases, what’s next? Rumor is Bully 2 will be the next Rockstar project, but that’s only one of the many possibilities. What would you like to see from the company? Which franchise are you itching for a new title from? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, and as always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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