Thanks to a potential leak from an online retailer, fans may have gotten their first news regarding Red Dead Redemption II’s release date for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
After Amazon Mexico posted a listing for the highly anticipated open-world western, some fans noticed an unconfirmed date of July 12, 2018. Conveniently, the release date has since been revised to December 31, likely to serve as a placeholder. Below is a screen grab of the original page.
Some skeptics have already called out the possibility of the July date serving as a placeholder as well, but placeholders are almost never given such a specific date. Even if the listing did happen to be a placeholder, no reason exists to change the date again to December 31.
The situation is definitely fishy and already has Red Dead fans clamoring for answers.
Considering the game was originally set for release by the end of 2017, a July release date would make sense. Rockstar and publisher Take-Two had originally announced a release date of spring 2018 being the initial target, but another internal and unannounced delay aiming for the summer time is entirely possible.
The most concerning piece of evidence against this listing is the fact that July 12 falls on a Thursday. Those familiar with standard industry practices will recall video games almost always being released on Tuesdays and Friday. Therefore, while not entirely impossible, a Thursday release does seem to shoot the wheels off the wagon of this supposed leak. However, a similar leak towards the end of last year pegged the game with a June 8 release date
Regardless, without official word from Rockstar and February growing closer every day, the open-world developer’s time to announce something for spring is running out.