Red Dead Redemption II has sold over 23 million copies

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Red Dead Redemption II is doing pretty well (Picture: Rockstar)

Rockstar’s cowboy epic has sold even faster than expected, as Take-Two celebrate having the first and third highest selling games in the US last year.

The game’s release, unsurprisingly, proved a huge boost for Rockstar’s parent company, with net revenue between October and December up to $1.25 billion (£964m) from $480.8 million (£370m) at the same time last year.

They’ve still got a long way to go before they match the 100 million sales of Grand Theft Auto V, but it’s much more than was expected and if Red Dead Online continues in the same way that GTA Online has there will be many more sales to come.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick was positive on the prospects of Red Dead Online’s longevity, saying it’s had ‘a lot more early traction’ than GTA Online.

Red Dead Online is looking to replicate GTA Online (Picture: Rockstar)

‘Obviously the experiences are a work in progress,’ Strauss said. ‘And there will be a lot more content to come.

‘But in terms of comparing where Grand Theft Auto Online was in terms of engagement at this stage of the game, versus where Red Dead Online at this stage in the game, Red Dead Online has more engagement, is doing better and has a lot more early traction. Which we think is very encouraging.’

Red Dead Redemption II isn’t the only game contributing to the financial surge though, with NBA 2K19, which was one of the most successful games last year in America, expected to exceed sales of its predecessor NBA 2K18.

Take-Two also stated that sales of Civilization VI on Nintendo Switch exceeded their expectations too, which could be a positive sign for further support of the platform in the future.

As already reported Red Dead Redemption II was the best-selling game of 2018 in the US, coming in ahead of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 and NBA 2K19.

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