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Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Sold Over 17 Million Copies Worldwide

Accepted submission by upstart at 2018-11-08 01:36:01

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 17 million copies worldwide []

There was a time when westerns were a staple of American pop-culture -- a powerhouse genre for film, television, books and more. That trend kind of died in the 1980s, but maybe it's coming back. Take-Two Interactive, the company that owns Rockstar games reported in its quarterly financials that Red Dead Redemption 2 sold over 17 million copies in just over a week [].

It took the original Red Dead Redemption [] 8 years to sell 15 million copies.

It's a shockingly huge number -- but if you've been keeping track, it might not be that big of a surprise. Just after the game's launch, the company revealed that it made over $725 million in its first few days [], the largest opening weekend of any entertainment property ever, according to Rockstar. That's what happens when your game is one of the most anticipated, well-reviewed games [] in a decade.

Those aren't the only accolades Take-Two called out, either: Rockstar's Cowboy epic is apparently the most pre-ordered full game ever sold on PlayStation Network, as well as the biggest day-one sales of any digital PlayStation games.

That's a strong start for a western, to be sure, but it could just be the beginning. In addition to the base game, Rockstar is planning to launch Red Dead Online [] -- a highly anticipated multiplayer expansion that takes place in Red Dead Redemption 2's open world.

News about that came out of Take-Two's financial report too, with CEO Strauss Zelnick (chairman of the board at CBS, CNET's parent company) saying the online beta would launch at some point near the end of November.

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