Rockstar Games is like Elon Musk. They almost always deliver, but they tend to be a little too optimistic with their initial timetable. Red Dead Redemption 2’s 2017 release date was never going to happen. Name me a recent Rockstar game that stuck with the first announced release date. GTA V was first set for 2012. That slipped to Spring 2013, which slipped again to September 2013.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set for Spring 2018. As for the reason? Rockstar Games doesn’t ship games unless they are ready. Quality over quantity.

“We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready,” the company wrote on the Rockstar blog. “We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of new screenshots from the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.”

Hard to argue with that. It’s not like we won’t be busy enough the second half of the year with the likes of Destiny 2, COD: WWII, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 5 and a whole lot more.

Let’s take a look at those screenshots Rockstar mentioned.

Red Dead Redemption 2 wilderness

Red Dead Redemption 2 trains

Red Dead Redemption 2 town

Red Dead Redemption 2 plains

red dead redemption 2 character

Ok, Rockstar. Take whatever time you need to give me a game that looks like that. You can check out some of GTA V’s earliest screenshots over here. They look pretty damn close to the final product we all ended up playing. None of us would be shocked to see slight downgrades from the first images, but with Rockstar Games – what we see is usually what we end up playing.

The short blog post still only mentions PS4 and Xbox One. But c’mon, we know Red Dead Redemption 2 will hit PC eventually. Rockstar just wants me to double dip, that’s all.

Now, other publishers get to breathe a sigh of relief for the rest of 2017. I wouldn’t want to be releasing a game anywhere near Red Dead Redemption 2. Not unless I’m Activision, EA or Ubisoft.

None of us are surprised by today’s delay, but what do you think of the new screenshots?

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