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:
Red Dead Redemption 2 won't be out until spring 2018 but you can already unlock a gun in the cowboy game via Grand Theft Auto Online.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly significant release - not just for Rockstar, but for the entire console generation. It's the first title designed from the ground up for PS4 and Xbox One, after all. Sure GTA5 received an impressive upgrade when it landed on these machines, but it was still very much rooted in last-gen technology. RDR2 goes much further, showcasing many key upgrades added to Rockstar's in-house RAGE engine.
Right, we've all been thinking it. It's a bit nuts that Rockstar went to the trouble of animating the sway of that horse's testicles in yesterday's trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, right?
Rockstar's released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 - and it reveals story information.
The game tells the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as, according to the official blurb, "they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive". That confirms Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, then - you put Dutch Van der Linde's gang down in Red Dead Redemption 1.
The video, which Sony said was captured on PlayStation 4, is heavy on cutscene and light on gameplay. There's plenty of era-appropriate dialogue, some impressive face animation and gorgeous environments.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until spring 2018, Rockstar has announced.
A fan project to port Red Dead Redemption into GTA5 has been shut down.
A team of fans are trying to mod Red Dead Redemption's vast map into Grand Theft Auto 5.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a "new online multiplayer experience", says Rockstar, but what can we expect from it, beyond the heavy influence of open-world Grand Theft Auto Online? Here are the seven items it needs, say we, including sturdy servers and heist-like action from day one.
If you ignore the lawlessness, the poor irrigation, the ubiquity of dysentery, the backward attitudes on race and oh yes, the abominable treatment of the indigenous population, the wild west was great. Red Dead Redemption was my game of the last generation and I am very much looking forward to revisiting that world when the sequel launches next year.
UPDATE 30/11/16: Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare expansion will be available to play via PlayStation Now on 6th December.
Red Dead Redemption 2's first trailer is now available to watch.
Here it is - there's not much to it but wow:
Clues as to the game's setting, time period and characters are thin on the ground.