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Red Dead Redemption 2 release date has Black Ops 4 Call of Duty Release "running scared"

Call of Duty bosses have taken the unprecedented step of moving their shooter juggernaut to an early October release date because they’re “scared of Red Dead Redemption 2,” according to industry experts.

Insiders believe Activision is so fearful of the upcoming western game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles that they’re worried they’d lose a head-on battle.

CoD: Black Ops 4 hits the stores on October 12.

Like clockwork, every year CoD games release around the first week of November.

So this early release date for the upcoming gun-fest action hit came as a surprise announcement this week.

Red Dead 2, a sequel to one of the highest reviewed games of all time, hits shops on October 26.

Made by Rockstar, the developers behind the best-selling game of all time GTA5, it is expected the break records and sell millions of copies ahead of the Christmas rush.

And that, experts believe, is what’s worrying Activision.

One said: “Acti is used to making a billion dollars from Call of Duty within a couple of days of release globally.

“But If it came out on the usual November 4 this year, it’ll be pretty much a week after gamers would’ve all spent their cash on Red Dead.

“That will be the must-have title of 2018. And it will be absolutely amazing.

“So Call of Duty bosses will know this and want to avoid all the bad headlines of not reaching their billion milestone quick enough and quickly seeing Black Ops 4 no doubt dubbed a failure.

“Far better, then, to release a month early and steal a march on the competition. Selling a bucketload as normal and then taking the pre-Christmas hit in November when the rival comes out.”

Rival Electronic Arts is also expected to release a WW2 themed Battlefield shooter game too in October, so by pulling the trigger first, Activision has carved out the early portion of the month for itself.

Black Ops 4 will be boots-on-the-ground combat again after the success of back-to-basic online multiplayer in this year’s Call of Duty: WW2.

Developer Treyarch is promising a blockbuster of a sequel to its previous three entries in the sub-series of the hit franchise.

Their games are widely regarded as the best CoD games among many players.

But Red Dead will be coming out all guns blazing, with a huge advertising campaign planned and industry chiefs expecting a brilliant open-world western game that could top 2010’s original.

Game expert and reviewer Eric Kain, of, added: “So why is Treyarch releasing Call Of Duty: Black Ops IIII on October 12th, a month earlier than virtually every other game in the series? I have a nagging suspicion that it has to do with Rockstar's mega-release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th.

“Grand Theft Auto V was the fastest-selling video game of all time and has gone on to sell over 90 million copies. To give you some perspective here, within three days of its release, GTA V had topped $1 billion in sales.

“We've spent the past several weeks talking about how Black Panther is one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, and it still hasn't crossed $1 billion at the global box office. Right now it stands at a cumulative global box office of $932 million after hitting theatres three weeks ago. GTA V beat that in three days, nearly five years ago.

Red Dead Redemption 2 probably won't be quite the juggernaut that GTA V was but it's still bound to be a huge release.

“If Activision released Black Ops IIII in the first week of November, it would fall directly in the wake of Rockstar's beast.

“Perhaps just as importantly, it's very likely that EA's Battlefield game—WWII themed Battlefield V—will launch in late October.

“Battlefield 1 launched on October 21st, 2016. Battlefield 4 came out on October 29th, 2013. It's entirely possible that EA will also move up that release due to Rockstar's domination at the end of the month, but now early October is a much less appealing window.

“With an October 12th release date, Activision and Treyarch can get the jump on both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Battlefield V, entering into the holiday season out front rather than in the tailwinds of its biggest competitors.

“It also gives the game more time to rack up sales prior to the end of the year. While Call of Duty is almost always the best-selling game of the year, that's far from certain in 2018 thanks to RDR2. With an extra month of sales, Activision might tilt the scales.”

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