Rockstar Games has shipped 17 million copies of the open-world Western Red Dead Redemption 2 in 8 days than the original did in 8 years.
Revealed in a financial report from Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive, this number represents the “sold-in" copies of Red Dead Redemption 2, meaning they’ve been purchased by retailers but not necessarily sold to consumers. The report also touts the game’s stellar critical reception and its status of achieving the biggest opening weekend in entertainment history, earning over $725 million during its first three days on the market.
The launch week was even more impressive. Take-Two noted that in Red Dead Redemption 2’s first eight days on the market (through Nov. 3), the company sold more copies of the game than it sold of the original Red Dead Redemption during its first eight years of release.
The original game was released in May 2010 and even after 8 years of its launch it was able to reach only 15 million units.
Red Dead Redemption 2, said Take-Two, has “exceeded our sales expectations to date.”Last week, the company announced sell-through of $725 million during the game’s first three days of release. That was second only to another Rockstar title,2013’s Grand Theft Auto 5, which generated $1 billion of revenue in its first three days.