After launching a subtle and short teaser trailer in the fall of last year, Red Dead Redemption 2 has slipped back under the radar, as Rockstar has remained silent in regards to its upcoming western. In place of any news, fans have gotten a ton of rumors and speculation, with most trying to pinpoint exactly when the game would release. The latest comes from Brandon Jones, former founder of GameTrailers and current Editor In Chief of EasyAllies, who set the internet ablaze over the weekend when he seemingly let slip details that Red Dead Redemption 2 is launching a week after Destiny 2 on September 15, 2017.
The casual Red Dead Redemption 2 release date mention comes around the 15 minute 24 second mark in the video, which was put together to discuss the recent Destiny 2 gameplay reveal. Before wrapping up his impressions, Jones admits a concern for the amount of time he’d have to actually play the title due to RDR2’s launch a short week later. What gives life to this rumor is that not only is Jones well connected around the industry, he’s also a judge for the E3 Game Critics Award. This means he already has a working knowledge of what will be at the show, while no doubt still under embargo.
Interestingly enough, after realizing the comment he had made in the video regarding the currently unannounced launch date, Jones posted a follow up on his personal Twitter account to hopefully clear up the confusion. In his statement, Jones wrote the incident off completely, calling it a simple accident and nothing that was related to being an E3 judge in anyway.
Somehow my brain put RDR in mid-September. Totally made that up, it seems. This is not based on anything Judge-related. Just a guess.
— Brandon Jones (@TrailerJones) May 20, 2017
It’s entirely possible that Jones made an honest mistake and is now trying to cover his tracks. Fans have analyzed the trailer many times over, with many pointing out how casual the conversation is and the general lack of reaction from his cohost, Michael Huber.
Though Rockstar has remain tight lipped on the highly anticipated follow up, there has seemingly been no shortage of rumors and leaks regarding the Red Dead Redemption 2 release date. Whether the information arrives from promotional materials leaking online early, or a former Rockstar developer letting the details slip, almost all of the rumors and supposed leaks have indicated a late September to early October release date. In the meantime, both Rockstar and Take Two have continued to maintain a general Fall 2017 release window.
Do you think this accident is actually true or is it just an honest mistake?
Red Dead Redemption 2 is expected to launch later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.