Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 is smashing sales records just days after its release. The studio already had high hopes that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be one of its best-selling games of all time, and it looks like the title is off to a flying start.
As a prequel to the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption from 2010, Rockstar is back in the saddle to bring gamers a bloody slice of life in the Old West. Following in the vein of games like the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sprawling open-world adventure that doesn't skimp on the violence. Something is working because fans apparently can't get enough of the marauding mayhem.
According to Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption 2 earned a record-breaking $725 million in its opening weekend. Although this soars past Avengers: Infinity War's movie record of $640 million on its opening weekend, Arthur Morgan's Wild West adventure is still a long way off Grand Theft Auto V, which earned over $1 billion within its first three days. That being said, GTA V launched on a Tuesday, which leaves Red Dead Redemption 2 free to claim the title of the highest opening weekend.
In other news, Red Dead Redemption 2 is faring particularly well on the PlayStation 4. Rockstar also reports that the game has the most number of Sony Interactive Entertainment pre-orders ever, highest day one sales, and the highest sales for the first three days on the PlayStation Network. Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently the highest critically reviewed game on the PlayStation 4, and considering that Sony saw the release of PlayStation-exclusives like God of War and Spider-Man in 2018, it's great news Rockstar.
Considering the many delays the game faced and the recent controversy surrounding long and unfair working hours at Rockstar, it looks like all the blood, sweat, and tears have paid off in the end. Red Dead Redemption 2 was already predicted to be the best-selling game of 2018, but it still has a mountain to climb to top Grand Theft Auto V's 90 million sales and earn the accolade of most profitable entertainment product of all time. Whichever way you look at it though, Rockstar is still miles ahead of the competition and is likely particularly proud of its back catalog of games.
The positive reviews are pouring in, and some sites are already calling Red Dead Redemption the game of the decade. While early estimates suggest the game could cross sales of 20 million copies by the end of 2018, the latest figures tease that Red Dead Redemption 2 could shift even more. In the meantime, players can saddle up the horses, load the revolver, and head out into the plains of Red Dead Redemption 2 to try it for themselves.
Source: Rockstar Games