Yes­ter­day Rock­star announced that Red Dead Redemp­tion 2 would be delayed until spring 2018. Exact details were not giv­en how­ev­er Rock­star said the fol­low­ing:

This out­law epic set across the vast and unfor­giv­ing Amer­i­can heart­land will be the first Rock­star game cre­at­ed from the ground up for the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of con­sole hard­ware, and some extra time is nec­es­sary to ensure that we can deliv­er the best expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble for our fans.

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.”

Accord­ing to Take-Two Inter­ac­tive’s lat­est earn­ings report, Red Dead Redemp­tion 2 will be in the 2019 fis­cal year. This means that game will release some­time after April 1st 2018.

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zel­nick was recent­ly asked why the game was delayed dur­ing a quar­ter­ly fini­cal con­fer­ence for investors. He stat­ed that the game’s delayed was­n’t because of any major or par­tic­u­lar prob­lems. It was due to their desire to cre­ate an expe­ri­ence that is up to the stan­dards con­sumers have come to expect. 

I think the pur­pose for the delay for Red Dead Redemp­tion 2 is to make sure that we deliv­er the most extra­or­di­nary expe­ri­ence that we’re capa­ble of pro­vid­ing.

We haven’t run into par­tic­u­lar issues, we’re 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 to the con­sumers is extra­or­di­nary. And we want to make sure that the appro­pri­ate time is tak­en to deliv­er the best game that we can, and I think that’s what con­sumers expect of Rock­star Games, and that’s what Rock­star Games typ­i­cal­ly deliv­ers.

So we sup­port emphat­i­caly the lanbel’s deci­sion, and we’re utter­ly con­fi­dent that it’ll prove in time to be wise, first and fore­most cre­ative­ly and artis­ti­cal­ly, and eco­nom­i­cal­ly as well.”

Because of the delay Rock­star has released screen­shots for Red Dead Redemp­tion 2 and promis­es more infor­ma­tion in the sum­mer.