Red Dead Redemption 2
"Red Dead Redemption 2" is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of the year. YouTube/Rockstar Games

"Red Dead Redemption 2" has been pushed back to 2018, a development that expectedly drew disappointment. Take-Two and Rockstar Games used a familiar excuse: they need more time to make sure gamers get the best possible playing experience.

Pushing the release date hardly comes as a surprise. Rockstar Games and Take-Two have done it in the past, and oftentimes, the move eventually justified itself through the quality of the game once it is out in the open. Could this be the same for "Red Dead Redemption 2?"

As far as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick is concerned, the timing of the release date hardly matters. Zelnick is confident it will pan out similar to how the original "Red Dead Redemption" fared when it came out on May 18, 2010.

"The first Red Dead Redemption went on sale in May and was an extraordinary success. Consumers are consuming entertainment year-round now; they don’t stop in the summer months. We believe that if you give people an extraordinary experience, they will show up for it," said Zelnick in an earnings call as reported by Gaming Bolt.

In a manner of speaking, gamers will still want to get a copy of "Red Dead Redemption 2" regardless of when it will come out. The fact that the anticipation is so high makes it a game to yearn for – hopefully programmed not to disappoint.

Hence, it brings us back to the previous point where Take-Two and Rockstar Games wanted more time to make sure they can deliver a game worth playing. Though it was not mentioned, there are a couple of games that didn’t actually hit its stride. This would include "Mass Effect: Andromeda" and "No Man's Sky."

Game developers ended up doing damage control for both IPs, but most know that first impression lasts. To this day, patches are being rolled out, but gamers continue to be unhappy.

This is perhaps what Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games are trying to avoid. Rather than develop updates to fix a large chunk of "Red Dead Redemption 2," the patches would be focused on adding content and addressing bugs.

Gamers may be too stubborn to accept that fact, but Zelnick and company know better. "Red Dead Redemption 2" has been pushed to the Spring of 2018, so fans will have to wait a little longer.