Our cowboy needs will have to wait, but it’s not bad news for everyone.

While players are clearly disappointed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has slipped to 2018, publishers are breathing a sigh of relief. As Blake Jorgensen, Electronic Arts CFO, puts it – it is a little bit of an opportunity for everyone else. Titles won’t appearing along the way just won’t be overshadowed by Rockstar’s magnum opus.

But at the same time Jorgensen had a lot of praise for what that studio is doing:

“We’ve had many times where we’ve gone into quarters that looked daunting because of the competition. Think back to [Grand Theft Auto V] when it came out, and what we actually found is it grows the overall market. It drives console sales. Oftentimes, many of those titles get bundled to help drive or reduce the price of a console for the consumer, and it drives excitement in the marketplace, and we like that. It benefits the consumer and it benefits us because it generates a lot of buzz around games.”

So far we know that Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for spring 2018.