Plenty of online stores that offer a Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order have specific dates shown for the game's release, as opposed to "TBA". However most of the time, these are placeholder dates that don't reflect the actual launch date of the game.
Today, the reason one such store is making headlines is because they accurately leaked the release date of Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar's last big game, several years ago.
If we wrote up a news piece for every store with a placeholder date, the site would be flooded with these articles. However, when Danish retailer Coolshop puts up a projected release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 (since removed), it becomes newsworthy due to a legitimate leak that occurred in their past.
GTA 5, eventually released in September 2013, saw its fair share of delays and alleged release date leaks. However, the only source to publish its actual, real release date of September 17 before Rockstar did was Coolshop. At the time this leak was considered to be just another one of those seemingly random placeholders, until Rockstar's official announcement confirmed the date.
For Red Dead Redemption 2, Coolshop published a date of June 8, 2018. A date which has since been removed.
That's right, June. Currently, the official word is that the game will be released in Spring 2018, and Spring that ain't.
This means another, albeit minor, delay might be incoming. This, while disappointing, isn't too big a surprise. After Red Dead Redemption 2's initial delay, the fear of another was sown. And with complete radio silence ever since the release of the second trailer being enforced, things are looking a lot like the prelude to the previous delay.
Once again, the time between now and the supposed release window is short, and yet there are no signs of a marketing push.
A couple of days and we'll all be correcting our instinctive datings to 2018, and Spring is a lot closer than you think. For the game to actually be released then, we should be seeing more of a media presence for the game, with tangible marketing materials rolling out in the coming months. Instead, the last notable thing related to Red Dead actually happened in GTA Online, with that weapon skin cross-promo.
June 8 is still half a year away, which, in spite of not being a major difference to Spring, still instills a feeling of dreaded distance.
Our minds work in a way that make the difference between "a few months" and "half a year" seem astronomical. Alas, should Coolshop be right about the release date yet again, all it means is that the dev team will spend a few more weeks polishing the game - and that's not a bad thing.