Ubisoft: Red Dead Redemption 2 Delay “Is A Positive For Our Fiscal Year 2018”
Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most anticipated games and naturally fans were not happy with the Rockstar delaying the game. Now, Ubisoft has opened up about the game’s delay which could be a good thing for the company.
Speaking during Ubisoft’s recent earnings call, CFO Alain Martinez talked about Red Dead Redemption 2 delay and revealed that it could be beneficial for Ubisoft and has given a better window to the company to launch its games.
Clearly the fact that there is no Red Dead Redemption  is a positive for our fiscal year 2018. This is something that we had taken into our [financial] assumptions. So the absence of that game is of course giving us a better window for the launch of some of our games.
However, he added that it’s “too early” to say what kind of impact Red Dead Redemption 2’s delay could have on Ubisoft’s own bottom line saying “Overall we think it’s [too] early to have a view and change anything. We have more confidence but we think it’s too early to change our guidance.”
In related news, following the announcement of the delay, the share price for Take-Two dropped 9%. The 9% drop in the share price of Take-Two interactive was reported after financial markets closed that day. The stock price for the company dropped from $69.04 to $61.75. However, the share price saw a bit improvement but is still not at the point from where it dropped.
However, according to Take-Two president Strauss Zelnick, the release date does not matter for Red Dead Redemption 2. “For a title like this, I don’t think the launch window really matters” when asked about the game’s potential summer 2018 release. He added that Red Dead Redemption launched in May 2010 and was “extraordinarily successful”.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open-world western action adventure game in development at Rockstar Games and is scheduled to launch in fall 2017. The game is a console exclusive, however, according to a leak, we might see a PC port of the game.