Rockstar Games Delays Red Dead Redemption 2 Until Spring 2018, Releases New Screenshots

The long awaited sequel to Red Dead Redemption released in 2010 will not come out this fall as originally planned. Instead, Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until spring of next year, as it needs additional time to make sure the sequel lives up to expectations. The American heartland is, after all, "vast and unforgiving" when hopping back in time and trying to create an outlaw experience from the ground up.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Horseback
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Red Dead Redemption 2 also represents the first game that Rockstar has ever build from scratch for the latest generation of console hardware. As such, the development studio is giving itself more time so it can "deliver the best experience possible" for its fans. At the same time, Rockstar is not unsympathetic to gamers will inevitably be disappointed at having wait several more months than initially anticipated.

"We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer," Rockstar said.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Train
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While Red Dead Redemption 2 is no longer slated for release this fall, Rockstar offered up a consolation prize to antsy gamers in the form of new screenshots, and they are gorgeous. The level of detail in the images is stunning—everything from the lighting effects to the surrounding foliage give the game a realistic look. And check out the smoke and steam billowing from the train in the image above.

Details about the actual gameplay are still rather light, though Rockstar previously mentioned that multiplayer will be a key focus in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Guns
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The game will release to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We suspect there will be a port for Windows PCs at some point, though unfortunately Rockstar has not made any such announcement yet. That's too bad, because if there is a game that might prompt users to invest in hardware capable of playing games at 4K, Red Dead Redemption 2 could be it.