There is no basically no chance that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be delayed again. That’s according Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive.
Speaking to CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Zelnick said he is confident the PS4 and Xbox One western will actually come out on October 26. “Hand on heart” it will come out then, Zelnick said. Asked about this again, Zelnick said the 1,000 or so people working on the game across Rockstar’s studios are committed to getting the game out on time. “When I said hand on heart, it’s over 1,000 people at Rockstar Games with their hands on their hearts,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Zelnick has expressed confidence in Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out on time. Back in February, Zelnick said he was “confident” the game would not be delayed again after it was pushed from Spring 2018 to its new date at the end of October.
“All of our labels are focused on releasing a title when they reach that apex of effort and perfection,” he said at the time. “And in this instance, Rockstar Games felt more polish was required, and naturally we are in favour of that decision [to delay Red Dead Redemption 2]. The date of October 26 is set, and I am confident that will be the release date. We are incredibly excited about it.”
Zelnick is getting these questions because Rockstar has a history of delays. The original Red Dead Redemption was delayed before launch, while Red Dead Redemption 2 was delayed multiple times. It was originally due to launch in 2017 before getting pushed back twice. Grand Theft Auto V was also delayed before launch. The wait is often worth it for Rockstar’s games, as Rockstar has become known for excellence–even if it takes a while.
In other news, Rockstar will announce Red Dead Redemption 2’s special editions and “more” sometime in June, which is notable because that’s when E3 2018 takes place.
For lots more on Red Dead Redemption 2, check out GameSpot’s feature, “Red Dead Redemption 2: Release Info, John Marston, And Everything We Know So Far.”