Red Dead Redemption 2 sold more in 8 days than the original did in 8 years

November 7, 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2’s sales numbers have topped 17 million.

Red Dead Redemption 2 had incredible first week sales, and the latest release from Rockstar parent Take-Two shows exactly how big that launch has been. The cowboy epic has sold over 17 million units since launch. In its first eight days, it sold-in more than the original Red Dead Redemption did in eight years.

Getting that number puts to rest any doubt over the game’s fortunes. Rockstar noted last week that with over $725 million in global retail sell-through over the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of its release, Red Dead Redemption 2 was “the single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment.”

Rockstar’s last major release, Grand Theft Auto V, actually managed to bank $1 billion in its first three days of sale, but because it launched on a Tuesday those three days did not fall on a weekend. Thus, Red Dead 2 had the second-biggest launch in all of entertainment, but the biggest opening weekend.

Regardless of any calendar shenanigans, that’s still an incredible set of numbers – especially because it didn’t even launch on one of the three major platforms (ours). It’s only boosted by details revealed in today’s Take-Two financial report.

It’s also worth noting that GfK Chart-Track, which tracks only physical game sales in the UK, had indicated that FIFA 19 had had a better debut. That seems fairly absurd in light of today’s announcement (via BusinessWire) – clearly, the trend of digital sales taking an ever greater share of overall sales is only increasing.

Once again, we’re confident Red Dead 2 will eventually come to PC, with mention of a PC build in its companion app being just the latest and most solid piece of evidence suggesting so. But until it does, it’s interesting to note that Rockstar’s partnership with Sony on early online content appears to have paid off. Red Dead 2 set several records on PlayStation Network, including most pre-orders, most day-one full game sales, and biggest first three days of full game sales ever on PSN.