After a reported eight years of development time, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already outsold the lifetime sales of its predecessor within the first eight days of its release.
As of today, the acclaimed open-world western video game has sold more than 17 million units worldwide. Upon its first three days of release last week, the game earned more than $725 million. This places it as the second most profitable game by developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive with the all-time record retained by Grand Theft Auto V which earned over $800 million worldwide on its first day of release and over $1 billion across its first three days upon its initial release in 2013.
"We are really proud of Rockstar Games," declared Take-Two Interactive Chairman Strauss Zelnick in an interview with Variety. "More than 2,000 people brought Red Dead Redemption 2 to the audience and delivered this incredible result. It’s a great place to work and home to some of the most talented people in the industry. I stand behind the label and its approach.”
The original Red Dead Redemption, itself a followup to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, has sold over 15 million units worldwide since its initial release in 2010. It is unclear if Red Dead Redemption 2 is on pace to top Grand Theft Auto V's 95 million units shipped but, with the holiday season just around the corner, it is already off to a strong start.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The public Red Dead Online beta testing will begin later this month.