Red Dead Redemption 2 Sells More Copies In 8 Days Than RDR Sold In 8 Years

If you haven’t yet played Red Dead Redemption 2 then you’re either watching someone else play it, or you’re a PC gamer because Rockstar’s new title is absolutely inescapable right now.

RDR2 has gone from being one of the most highly-anticipated titles of all time, to being one of the most critically-acclaimed games ever, stealing near-perfect scores across the board for its realism, detail and expansive world.

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Naturally, copies have been flying off the shelves since the game launched on 26th October 2018, and its now emerging just how successful the release has been.

According to Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, more than 17 million copies of RDR2 have been shipped so far – a figure that represents sales as of yesterday.

Now, in the interest of transparency, the numbers put forward by Take-Two are reflective of units shipped to retailers, not customer purchases, but that’s still a crazy number copies of the game on shelves.

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Before you tip your hat in respect and ride off into the sunset, you might want to hold your horses, as it gets even more impressive.

Take-Two also announced that in the first eight days of Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, it’s already sold more copies than the original game did in the entire period that it’s been available for.

Since its release in May 2010 (up until the most recent sales figures from February 2017), Red Dead Redemption had shipped 15 million copies, placing it behind RDR2 by quite a ways.

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Despite its jaw-dropping launch numbers, the game is still pretty far away from Rockstar’s shining glory – Grand Theft Auto 5.

GTA 5 generated $1 billion of revenue within the first three days of its release, whilst RDR2 is rocking an announced sell-through figure of $725 million in the same time period.

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