If you had any doubts that Red Dead Redemption 2 was a massive success for Take-Two, consider the statement the company CEO made recently. In an on-air interview with CNBC‘s Jim Cramer, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said that in eight days of availability, Red Dead Redemption 2 had outsold the original title’s lifetime sales. It’s been more than eight years since the original game launched.
Red Dead 2 had a huge launch racking up $725 million in sales on its opening weekend. That claimed the title of the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment.
“Westerns seem to find a place at certain times when the populous is feeling a certain way,” Zelnick told Cramer. “Typically, in really good times, often in really bad times — you can decide what kind of times these are — I will say that I think the sprawling universe that’s offered by Take-Two, the extraordinary opportunities to explore that universe and the deep and meaningful story combine with great gameplay to create a great experience.”
That is a massive number of games sold to move more copies in about a week than the original moved in years. Red Dead Redemption 2 had to be fantastic with all the delays the game experienced over the years and Take-Two has delivered.