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Red Dead Redemption 2 Tops Eight-Year Sales of the Original in Just Eight Days

I’ll Take-Two, please

It’s no secret that Rockstar’s epic Red Dead Redemption 2 is doing extremely well in the market, but thanks to a recent financial report from publishing parent company Take-Two Interactive, we now have a good idea of just how well it’s doing.

The report from Take-Two encompasses all of its gaming properties and goes into some detail about games like NBA 2K19, Grand Theft Auto V and the company’s mobile game offerings, all of which are bringing in increased concurrent revenue from virtual currency. The most important part though, is this:

“Red Dead Redemption 2 has also been a massive commercial success and has set numerous records. The title’s list of initial benchmarks includes:

  • Biggest opening weekend in retail sell-through across all entertainment releases (over $725 million);
  • Second biggest launch (three days) in retail sell-through across all entertainment releases (next to Grand Theft Auto V);
  • Biggest entertainment launch of 2018;
  • Most pre-ordered full game ever on PlayStation Network;
  • Biggest day one full game sales ever on PlayStation Network;
  • Biggest first three days full game sales ever on PlayStation Network.

Red Dead Redemption 2 sold-in more units in its first 8 days than the original blockbuster Red Dead Redemption sold in its first 8 years and, as of today, the title has sold-in over 17 million units worldwide.”

It’s important to know that the wording stipulates that these are units ‘sold-in’, meaning it includes all copies of the game sold to retailers but not necessarily in the hands of consumers. Still, one can imagine that those won’t last long, and the game is setting all manner of digital sales records as well.

I gave Red Dead Redemption 2 a 9.5 in my review, calling it “A big, bold Western epic that takes lessons learned from Rockstar’s entire history and combines them with a newfound appreciation for pacing and subtlety”.

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Kieron's been gaming ever since he could first speak the words "Blast Processing" and hasn't lost his love for platformers and JRPGs since. A connoisseur of avant-garde indie experiences and underground cult classics, Kieron is a devout worshipper at the churches of Double Fine and Annapurna Interactive, to drop just a couple of names.


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