Nintendo has clearly had a strong foothold on the gaming market over the last year or so. Switch has now crushed Wii U sales as the fastest selling gaming console in U.S history over its first 10 months on store shelves. So it’s clearly going to take some serious heavyweights to sway the balance of power at this point, and if anyone is going to do it, it’s going to be Rockstar.

The Grand Theft Auto developer’s releases are just about always the biggest of the year and Rockstar has had its sights set on 2018 for a while now. We all know the company will be taking us back to the wild west in its next installment of the Red Dead series and Rockstar (might) have just given us an actual official release date along with some brand new screen shots of RDR2

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The last major update for Red Dead Redemption 2 came back in September 2017 with the second official trailer for the game. We caught a good look at some new environments as well the main characters: Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. Clearly excitement and anticipation for the new title are at an all time high as it is likely the most anticipated release of 2018 (if indeed it ever release).

Ok, so we are almost certain it will be coming in fall 2018 at this point, but Rockstar has already pushed the date back twice at this point. Back in May of last year, the company delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 from a fall 2017 release to a spring 2018 launch window.

Unfortunately, Rockstar has once again pushed the release date, but after a third bump, it’s hard to imagine it slipping into 2019.

So, take it as you will, but Rockstar took to its official Twitter account today to announce an October 26th, 2018 release date for RDR2. Now clearly, we all want to give Rockstar as much time as they need to make this thing as amazing as it possibly can be, but please Rockstar, don’t bump it again.

Here’s what Rockstar had to say about it:

While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish…We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.

And as usual, the screenshots are gorgeous. Check these out:

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