Console fans have reason to rejoice as Rockstar Games has confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is being built from the ground up for next-gen consoles – a first from the developer.
Both GTA V and Red Dead Redemption were designed for PS3/Xbox 360 but Red Dead Redemption 2 is being made specifically for the Xbox One and PS4.
It also promised to harness the power of a “new generation of consoles,” and hinting at support for 4K and HDR. It is also bound to utilize Project Scorpio and PS4 Pro’s enhanced abilities.
Take Two interactive recently spoke at length about the recently announced delay for the game and how it was actually a good thing:
“The purpose of the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2 is to make sure we deliver the most extraordinary experience we’re capable of providing,” Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said during the company’s recent earnings call.
“We haven’t run into particular [technical] issues [with development], and we are building Red Dead Redemption 2 as a new game from the ground up for the first time for the new generation of consoles.”
He also stressed about the fact that such AAA releases require a bit of extra time to ensure it’s fully functional at launch:
“The pressure that we put on ourselves to deliver excellence and delight consumers is extraordinary. So we want to make sure the appropriate time is taken to ensure we can do the best job we can. I think that’s what consumers expect from Rockstar Games, and that’s what Rockstar Games typically delivers.”
“So we emphatically support the label’s decision [to delay the game], and we’re utterly confident that time will prove that decision to be wise first and foremost creatively and artistically and economically as well.”
Take Two also assured fans that the delay won’t affect other Rockstar Games titles both announced and unannounced, and would in no way effect the roll out of new content for GTA Online:
“The decision to move Red Dead Redemption 2 to FY2019 will have no impact on any of Rockstar Games’ other activities,” Zelnick said in a recent earnings call.
Take Two also appears very confident about a huge quarter in 2018 thanks to Red Dead Redemption 2:
“Looking ahead to fiscal 2019, we expect to deliver both record Net Sales and record net cash provided by operating activities, in excess of $2.5 billion and $700 million, respectively, led by the launches of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises,”