Retailer says Red Dead Redemption 2's release date set for Oct 3 by 'distributor of the product', then retracts it

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The official release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 is still Fall 2017 but a Polish retailer may have given us our first hint at the actual day we can return to the old West. Also-Polish gaming site CD-Action spotted a release date of October 3, 2017 on MediaMarkt's listing yesterday and asked the store about it. In an email response, MediaMarkt reportedly said the game's distributor had informed the store of the new date.

Here's a translation of the pertinent part from Reddit user Adakam8323: "I would like to inform you that our marketing department was informed by [the] distributor of the game that its airing date is 3rd of October 2017".

Since then MediaMarkt has changed the date back to the standard placeholder of December 31, 2017 and turned around to claim the October date was entered in error. It's impossible to say whether it really was a mistake or if MediaMarkt is just trying to cover its ass after accidentally sharing some not-for-public information.

At least we can look at that date - again, October 3, 2017 - and judge how feasible it seems. It would put Red Dead Redemption right in the middle of the official Fall 2017 release window, so that checks out. Rockstar's last big game, GTA 5, first came out on September 17, 2013, which is just a few weeks earlier in the year, and it did alright for itself. All in all, it sounds entirely plausible to me.

Unfortunately, it isn't really in Rockstar's nature to respond to a leak like this by moving up any of its marketing plans. We'll still have to wait until whenever it decides to share more information about its latest cowboy simulator for a more firm schedule.

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