Fans of the Wild West shooter Red Dead Redemption have been waiting a long time for the newest instalment, and Rockstar Games have promised that they won’t have to wait any longer.

One of this year’s most highly-anticipated games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to 2010’s critically acclaimed game (and third in the series, after 2004’s Revolver) which has been a long time coming – but finally it seems that one of Rockstar’s biggest games to date is finally on track.

CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick made a promise to fans when speaking to Mad Money’s Jim Cramer on CNBC, claiming that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be hitting shelves on the intended release date of October 26th. Zelnick assured gamers that “When I said hand on heart, it’s over 1,000 people at Rockstar Games with their hands on their hearts,” and Redemption 2 is nearly here.

Originally scheduled to be released late last year, Redemption 2 was pushed back to July this year to allow for “further development”, before being pushed back again to October. However, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up too high right now, as Zelnick also had the same amount of confidence in the game making its July release.

Despite the delays, footage and gameplay from Red Dead Redemption 2 has been thin on the ground, leading to many fans hoping that E3 will see some big reveals. A prequel of the 2010 game, Redemption 2 will follow the early days of Dutch Van der Linde’s gang, and seems to include a young version of protagonist John Marston. However, this time, Rockstar will focus on newcomer Arthur Morgan, as he rises through the ranks of the outlaws.

The fan-favourite Honour system will also make a return in Redemption 2, meaning that the way Morgan treats fellow NPCs will directly affect the outcome of the game – and if this wasn’t enough to excite fans, this game will continue the original game’s incredible use of horse riding, colourful characters and quick-draws that made 2010’s Redemption such a success.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is (currently) set for release on October 26th.

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