Take-Two Interactive’s investor conference and earnings calls have always been a volatile source of information. Things like in-game features are not usually discussed (unless it’s about monetization), but at other times hints about release dates can be dropped, or may serve as approximations of around when to expect news… News about Red Dead Redemption 2, in this case.
The game, following its delay last year, is officially slated for a Spring 2018 release. Not too long ago we talked about how close that date is, and yet how little we know about the game, foreshadowing another possible delay.
Time until spring is running out and publishers usually ramp up marketing for games around this time. Looking at other examples, we should have a better idea of mechanics, story, characters as well as more trailers and screenshots.
Take-Two’s quarterly investor calls are just about the only predictable element of the news cycle regarding Rockstar’s games. The previous trailer dropped two days before one of these calls, and they have oftentimes been the source of info regarding Rockstar’s other big game, Grand Theft Auto V.
The next one of these calls will be taking place about two weeks from now, on the 7th of February.
It makes sense for calls to be held after larger-than-usual news is revealed, since these press releases usually boost the value of shares and make investors happy (investors love the big numbers that Rockstar/Take-Two games often deliver). Since the status quo of Red Dead Redemption 2 news is more or less equal to nothing, any announcement counts as “larger-than-usual”, but we assume Rockstar won’t break radio silence for any kind of minor announcement after all this time.
If no news pops up between now and then, it’s almost a guarantee that we’ll be seeing a second delay.
There isn’t much time between now and the launch window, and the current investor call will provide some measure of pressure on both Take-Two and Rockstar to show something. Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be Rockstar’s first release in years and there is a lot riding on it. Investors are also really excited for the launch of the game, but obviously for other reasons than the fans.
With time running out, as both the investor call and the launch window closing in, this is a critical period. You can be absolutely sure that some news of Red Dead Redemption 2 will crop up in the coming weeks. Whether it’s a delay or something else is the question here.