Red Dead Redemption 2 has already made history, with the game becoming one of the biggest-selling items in all of entertainment history, even in the entertainment world outside of video games. Now, Rockstar has released some numbers to back up those claims, and they show just how ridiculous Red Dead Redemption 2‘s popularity is.
In just under two weeks, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already shipped 17 million copies. That’s an absolutely staggering number. For context, that means Red Dead Redemption 2 shipped more copies in its first eight days on the market than the original Red Dead Redemption sold in eight years. It’s worth noting that this figure is counting the number of copies sent to retailers, rather than the number sold through from retailers to customers, but it’s still a staggering amount.
Those 17 million copies earned Rockstar over $725 million, making the game’s launch the biggest event in all of entertainment history. In terms of retail sell-through, it’s the second biggest launch ever, beaten only by one of Rockstar’s other major games, Grand Theft Auto V. It’s the biggest launch by far in 2018, and also set a few other gaming-exclusive records: It’s the most pre-ordered game ever on the PlayStation Network, and holds the record for both most day-one game sales and most sales across a three-day launch period on the same platform. That’s all according to Take-Two Interactive’s financial results, which can be read further on the company’s site.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is unlikely to drop in popularity any time soon, with Rockstar planning to launch Red Dead Online sometime later this month. Given the huge success and money-making potential of Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online is likely to continue to pull in cash for Rockstar Games.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Take-Two Interactove