Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, released their earnings report today for Q2 of fiscal year 2019 and in the process divulged new information about the sales of the recently released Red Dead Redemption 2.
According to Take-Two, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already shipped 17 million copies worldwide. While we knew that early sales of the game were doing incredibly well after it made $725 million in its opening weekend, these numbers are perhaps even more staggering that anyone expected. To put this in context even further, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already outsold the original game that preceded it in less than one month on the market; Red Dead Redemption released 8 years ago.
With the advent of Red Dead Redemption 2’s incredibly strong performance out of the gate, Take-Two has increased their financial outlook for the remainder of this fiscal year. The statement from Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, said as follows:
“As a result of our strong second quarter performance and outstanding early results from Red Dead Redemption 2, we are raising our financial outlook for fiscal 2019, which is also poised to be a record year for Net Bookings and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow. Looking ahead, we have a strong development pipeline across our labels and are exceedingly well positioned for long-term growth and margin expansion.”
A lot of folks (myself included) expected Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to still potentially win the sales war in the calendar year of 2018, but after these insane numbers for Red Dead Redemption 2, it seems like the competition might already be over. It’ll be interesting to see how the remainder of the year plays out, but this it seems like Red Dead might just be unstoppable this year.
For a more opinionated look at Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to check out our review.