So Red Dead Redemption 2 has slipped well into 2018 after initially being mooted for an October 2017 release. Disappointing though it is, it comes as no real surprise. In fact in some ways it’s a positive sign, not just for the game, but gaming in general. Far too many games are released unfinished these days with huge day one patches the norm for the majority of launches. It’s good to see Rockstar would rather make sure their game is ready than release early to cash in on Christmas. Rockstar is a company that seems to come in for a disproportionate amount of criticism (just have a browse through gtaforums.com to get a taste) yet the company has been massively supporting GTA V with a wealth of free DLC for GTA Online ever since launch.
The recent release of Mass Effect: Andromeda shows how damaging and disappointing it is when a much-anticipated game gets released before it’s ready. Of course, sometimes delays are an indication of serious issues behind the scenes and don’t always have a positive outcome, but when a big game gets pushed back, don’t immediately jump on the developer’s back. It might just be that they want to put out the best version of the game they possibly can.