Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Shipped Over 23 Million Copies Worldwide
The latest sales figures for Red Dead Redemption 2 have been divulged today via Take-Two's quarterly financial call.
We’ve known forever now that Rockstar Games’ most recent released in Red Dead Redemption 2 was doing extremely well. The NPD Group reported a few days back that Red Dead Redemption 2 ended the calendar year 2018 as the best-selling game. We’ve also known since early November that shipments of the game had already reached 17 million, as well. Suffice to say, Rockstar Games had a winner on their hands.
Today, during Take-Two Interactive’s–the parent company of Rockstar–quarterly earnings call, it was revealed where Red Dead Redemption 2 now stands. According to Take-Two, Red Dead Redemption 2 has now sold-in over 23 million copies of the game. As a reminder, sold-in means the number of copies shipped to retailers while sold-through means sales directly to consumers.
This means that since Take-Two’s previous report in November, the game has shipped out an additional 6 million units before the end of 2018. For a game that hasn’t even been on the market for 6 months yet, to already be nearing the 25 million threshold is outrageous.
What will be curious to see with Red Dead Redemption 2, in the long run, is whether or not it can sustain these numbers in the same way that Grand Theft Auto V has been able to. GTA 5, which recently passed 100 million copies shipped, has been perhaps the single most impressive game of all-time purely in terms of sales. While I highly doubt that RDR 2 will have this same long tail, it is possible that sales for the game could continue to stay strong for quite awhile, especially after Red Dead Online leaves its current beta form. Plus, a PC version arriving down the road seems quite possible as well and would continue to bolster sales.
Because of the success primarily of Red Dead Redemption 2, Take-Two also reported strong financial results for the quarter as a whole. Net revenue for Take-Two was up drastically on the quarter at $1.249 billion, compared to the $480.8 million made in the previous year’s same quarter. As a result of this performance in the third quarter, Take-Two also raised its fiscal year projections as well.
We’ll keep an eye on Red Dead throughout the year to continue to see how it performs. If you’d like to pick the game up now for yourself, it’s available on Xbox One and PS4.