Take Two Interactive revealed the latest sales numbers for GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2, showing that the older game keeps selling better, despite being more expensive.
GTA V was released in 2013 and immediately saw a lot of success but the true flight to the stars happened when GTA Online exploded in popularity, making the game into the golden goose for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive.
Red Dead Redemption 2 followed a similar path for a while as it sold like hotcakes as soon as it was released in 2018 but the online component kept running into bumps, which eventually led to the sorry state of the game we know today.
Still, RDR2 sold over 43 million units in total, which can be heard in the video below, at the 10:30 time stamp. The numbers sound great on paper, especially when you factor in that the game sold about four million copies during the last quarter. On the flip side, RDR Online can be purchased for as little as $4.99 and it's unclear whether these copies were factored into the reported numbers, although chances are high that they were.
Meanwhile, GTA Online has sold over 160 million units to date, as you can hear at 8:25, which translates to five million units in the last quarter. In essence, the game sold one million copies more than RDR2 even though it doesn't get discounted to $4.99 by regular means. The only way to get it for a price that low is through Epic Games Store sales when it's discounted to $14.99 and then you apply Epic's coupon for $10 off.
One of the reasons for GTAO still selling like crazy, and far better than its five years younger wild west counterpart, is that the game keeps getting substantial content updates while RDO is pretty much stuck with rare and lacklustre updates, which provoked the community into starting a campaign to #SaveRedDeadOnline on Twitter.