Looks like avid gamers who have been waiting with bated breath to get their hands on the next installment in #Rockstar Games' hit 'Red Dead' series are in for a really long wait.

When is it coming?

Rockstar Games made the delay announcement on Monday, May 22 via a blog post on its official website. The game publisher then took to its official Twitter handle (@RockstarGames) to confirm the delayed launch of the already long-awaited open world western action-adventure video game. The announcement pointed to Spring 2018 #Release Date for the title. It was previously announced that the hotly anticipated action game would launch in Fall this year.

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The popular game developer urged fans to subscribe to their Mailing List and follow the company's official Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Instagram accounts for more 'RDR 2' related news and updates.

Drop off in share value

Following the delay announcement, parent publisher Take-Two Interactive's stock price ended up hitting the skids. After closing almost at an unsurpassed high of $69.04 on May 22, the company noted a downward change in the value of stock price during after-hours trading, dropping as low as $62.90 at press time. That's a considerable decline of nearly 9 percent. The delay was revealed at 4 PM ET, just about when the market winds up. GameSpot shared a chart that shows the company's stock price actually decreased right after the announcement was made.

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More screenshots revealed

Apparently, Rockstar Games needs more time in order to ensure the developers come out with the best experience imaginable for its fans. In the bid to compensate, the studio shared a slew of new screenshots from the realm of '#Red Dead Redemption 2' and also warranted first real details about the impending game during this summer.

It's worth noting that the recently shared promo images do not spill the beans about the much-awaited title's protagonist, location or plot in any way. Nevertheless, it confirms that the studio is indeed hard at works on the follow-up to its 2010's 'Red Dead Redemption' video game.

Moreover, this also indicates that the studio is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that the upcoming title matches up to its extremely well-received predecessor. 'Red Dead Redemption 2' will launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Apparently, those who have restlessly been waiting to delve into the next 'RDR' title will need to wait an additional four to six months.