Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t outsell GTA 5 despite banking $725 million

With over $725 million in global retail sell-through over the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of its release, Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar has claimed its latest release is “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.

It’s one hell of a figure, regardless of the sophistry – especially because it didn’t even launch on one of the three major platforms (ours). 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.

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