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Red Dead Redemption Will Be The Best-Selling Game of 2018 Says NPD

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Analysts with the NPD group predict that Red Dead Redemption 2 will sell more copies than any other game in 2018. That's a lofty goal for the title, considering it doesn't even release until October.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most anticipated games of the year thanks to the success of the previous title in the franchise. The new game takes players into a story that serves as a prequel for the Wild West action adventure RPG Red Dead Redemption. It will take players back to a time when William Marston was still involved with the Dutch van der Linde gang. The title will feature an open world, with a lot of missions and activities similar to its predecessor.

Related: Red Dead Redemption 2 Appears to Be Coming to PC Too

NPD analysts believe that Red Dead Redemption 2 will become one of the best-selling games of 2018: "In a very tight race, Red Dead Redemption 2 will edge out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to be both the best-selling game of Q4, and 2018’s best-selling game of the year." This is right in line with what the game's publisher, Take-Two Interactive, believes, which is that the title will be a big hit. Considering the first game sold over 15 million copies, the second title in the franchise could potentially do even better than that. The developer, Rockstar Games, has a solid reputation of creating titles gamers want to play, as well as changing the scope of what its games can offer to the gaming experience.

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Rockstar also announced special editions of the game. A special edition priced at $79.99 will include the game, along with two exclusive missions, a real world map of the game's setting and a special case. An Ultimate Edition of the game, priced at $99.99, will include all that plus bonus outfits, an extra horse, a new theme, extra weapons and rank bonuses. There is even a Collector's Box that doesn't include the game, but does include a lot of interesting physical game-related goodies.

Although Red Dead Redemption 2 does not release until fall, those who pre-order the game from Microsoft can get some sweet deals in the process. This includes an exclusive treasure map, in-game cash and $500,000 of cash for Grand Theft Auto V.

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It's no secret that Red Dead Redemption 2 has a lot of interest in the gaming community. It's a title players have wanted since the release of the first game, so it's likely that many will shell out the $59.99 or more to play it the day it releases. Players can't wait to return to the Wild West to revisit old friends and see new faces.

More: Rockstar Reassures Fans About Red Dead Redemption 2's Special Edition Content

Source: NPD

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