Red Dead Redemption 2 will now launch on 26th October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - several months later than was previously announced.

It's a significant delay for Rockstar's Wild West sequel, which was previously pegged for a vague "Q1/Q2 2018" date. Before that, it was originally due to arrive in late 2017.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Rockstar apologised to fans waiting for the game and blamed the wait on a need for extra development time:

Dear All,

We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.

With thanks, Rockstar Games

Until October, here's a handful of fresh cowboy-filled screenshots. Is that Bonnie MacFarlane?

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the original game. It features a new main character, Arthur Morgan, and the return of the Van der Linde gang who you hunted down in Red Dead Redemption 1.

The action is expected to take place to the north of the original map, but also include much of the original game's land as well. For more, here's everything we know about Red Dead Redemption 2 so far.

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