Red Dead Redemption 2 became a success the minute the game launched. We knew that within three days, the Wild West simulator sold well. How well? Well, the game had the biggest opening weekend of all time, selling 18 million copies in the first three days of release.
This comes as no surprise that since launching in the Fall of 2018, that Red Dead Redemption 2 has hit a new milestone. The publisher revealed the latest game from Rockstar has shipped 23 million copies to date, beating expectations. In fact, the game sold so well that the company reported a rise of 140 percent compared to the same period the previous year, reporting revenure of 1.57 billion for their third quarter.
Largely this was due to the popularity the series garners, with Red Dead Online outperforming GTA Online during the same period of it’s lifecycle.
“What’s really exciting is that during December, combined monthly active users of Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online took Rockstar to a new record. We feel great about it,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. “Obviousl,y the experiences are a work in progress, and there will be a lot more content to come. But in terms of comparing where Grand Theft Auto Online was in terms of engagement at this stage of the game, versus where Red Dead Online at this stage in the game, Red Dead Online has more engagement, is doing better and has a lot more early traction. Which we think is very encouraging.”
Also of note is that NBA 2K19 continued to perform well in the quarter and was the best-selling sports game in the US last year. Civilization VI also did well on the Nintendo Switch and “significantly exceeded expectations.”