It’s not a surprise nowadays to see a game get delayed, even pushed back multiple times. We should almost consider any release date these days an estimate from developers and publishers. But when a highly anticipated game is announced, most of us let the hype hit us pretty hard and get desperate for any type of news.
This week marks six months since Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially announced by Rockstar. We were given a release window of this fall, so that puts us around seven months before its announced release window. But since that announcement back on October 18, we’ve had total radio silence from Rockstar, which isn’t unusual.
Let’s look at the timeline for Grand Theft Auto V, just for comparison of release time and development. GTAV was first announced on October 25, 2011, with its first trailer being shown off on November 2, a week later. It took nine months for the gaming community to be blessed with the next screenshots from the game. Not another trailer, no big announcement, two lame-duck screenshots.
On October 30, 2012, it was announced that GTAV would be releasing in the Spring of 2013. Ultimately that was pushed back to September 2013, but at least the year was consistent. Now the big difference here is GTAV was announced without any kind of date or window. Red Dead Redemption 2 at least gave us a release window right away, which speaks with a little bit more confidence.
Considering Rockstar’s history, however, it doesn’t give us the most encouraging track record to follow:
- Grand Theft Auto V – Delayed a few months
- Grand Theft Auto IV – Delayed from a 2007 release to 2008
- Red Dead Redemption – Delayed a month, shown in 2005 and didn’t release until 2010
- Max Payne 3 – Delayed from a March 2012 release to May 2012
- L.A. Noire – Delayed from a Q4 2010 release to late 2011
That’s just a sampling of the recent games Rockstar has pumped out but one thing remains consistent, regardless of length, each game was delayed in some capacity.
Again, it’s not unusual for Rockstar to be silent on their projects, as I just detailed but it is worrisome for those of us who are excited. When you announce a release window and then disappear for the next six months, it’s not the most reassuring feeling to give out. Looking ahead to E3, which is in June, we can expect some kind of big reveal at the show, because why not showcase it at one of the biggest shows of the year? Though it’s no secret that Rockstar is notorious for skipping E3, it’s possible we get some kind of announcement.
If Rockstar were to show off anything Red Dead related at E3 this year, I would guess it comes at the hands of Sony and their press conference on Monday night (June 12). Sony has said that they will have an exclusive partnership with Rockstar for Red Dead Redemption 2 so that would just make the most sense.
I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a release this year. All the signs point to a delay for this game so temper expectations, my friends. Although, I am known for having a magic keyboard around here at n3rdabl3 and typically when I write something, within a week it’s back in the news. Cross your fingers, everyone.