Rockstars ​‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Sells More Games In 8 Days Than Its Predecessor Did In 8 Years

Even if you've not been playing Red Dead Redemption 2, the follow-up to Rockstar's Western-themed action-adventure game, you'll have no doubt heard about it.

Yep, it's been absolutely everywhere, with copies flying off the shelves and into the hands of eager gamers across the world - and it's proven such a big deal that, not only has it received stellar reviews across the board, it's also managed to sell more games in eight days than the first version did in eight years. Ooooof.

According to FragHero, after the game launched on 26 October, Rockstar's parent company Take-Two Interactive has revealed that more than 17 million copies of RDR2 have been shipped so far.

The numbers released by Take-Two are based on the units to retailers, not actual customer purchases - but still a pretty good indicator of how popular it's been.

According to Take-Two, it also sold more copies of the sequel in eight days than the original did during the entire period it's been on sale for.

While RDR2 has already managed to shift 17 million copies, since RDR's release in May 2010 it's only sold 15 million copies. RUBBISH, I know.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is being praised for its incredible graphics. Credit: Rockstar Games
Red Dead Redemption 2 is being praised for its incredible graphics. Credit: Rockstar Games

Mind you, while the second game has done well, it's still got nothing on the 2013 offering from the Grand Theft Auto series, which absolutely smashed it. GTA5 managed to generate a whopping $1 billion of revenue within the first three days of going on sale, leaving RDR2 lagging way, way behind after that made $725 million in the same time.

Okay, so it may not quite be on GTA levels of success, but RDR2 is still being lauded as one of the greatest games out there right now, having received rave reviews for its unrivalled level of detail and stunning graphics.

IGN awarded the game 10/10, referring to it as 'Rockstar's most authentic and lived-in open world ever'.

It added: "Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't just Rockstar's greatest achievement to date; it's a game so lacking in compromise it's tough to know where best to start discussing it."

The Guardian also gave it 5/5, saying there can be 'no doubt' that it is a 'landmark game'.

Gamers have also been having fun experimenting with some of the more novel possibilities of the game, such as drawing penises in the snow, shooting dogs, stumbling upon KKK meetings and getting sloshed.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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