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

Rockstar has released more details on just how popular Red Dead Redemption 2 is, following its record-breaking launch weekend.

During its first eight days on sales, Red Dead Redemption 2 shipped more than 17 million copies — that’s more than the still very successful original Red Dead Redemption shipped in eight years, Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive has announced.

Shipped refers to the number of copies delivered to retailers, not sold directly to the consumer, but it’s increasingly becoming the industry standard term — especially for console sales.

It’s an extremely impressive number in such a short timeframe. To put it into perspective — if we discount the very popular GTA V which has sold 95 million copies across all five platforms — the best-selling game on PS4 is currently Uncharted 4 with estimated sales of around 8.7 million over 2.5 years. The best-selling game on Xbox One is believed to be PUBG with approximately 8 million copies sold in 11 months. If we assume Red Dead Redemption 2’s units shipped are split roughly equally across both platforms, it will become the best-seller on both consoles soon enough*

*As we don’t gave complete software sales information for PS4 and Xbox One games, these are estimates.

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Ben has been writing about games in a professional capacity since 2008. He even did it full-time for a while, but his mum never really understood what that meant. He's been part of the Stevivor team since 2016. You will find his work across all sections of the site (if you look hard enough). Gamertag / PSN ID: Gryllis.