Take-Two Interactive announced delays for two of its upcoming open-world games today, pushing back the release dates of Rockstar San Diego's Red Dead Redemption and 2K Czech's Mafia II.
Both titles were slated for a somewhat vague Fall release, but have been delayed today to, at the earliest, November 1, 2009. Take-Two has re-scheduled the pair of games for a release in the first half of its fiscal 2010, which runs from November 1 to April 30.
Yes, that means you might not see either of these titles until next calendar year. With the publisher's second half of 2009 getting a little bit more crowded, thanks to the confirmed arrivals of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City and BioShock 2.
Take-Two's official reason for the bump was "to allow additional development time for the titles and to maximize their full potential in terms of the quality of the player experience and market performance." Say, that reminds me. We got a peek at Red Dead Redemption not too long ago and will be able to tell you more about the Western-themed adventure later this week.