Speaking in a recent conference call with investors, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that Rockstar's Wild West masterpiece Red Dead Redemption has gained a few million players and officially reached 25 million sold copies.
Take-Two's report from May 2019 pegged Red Dead Redemption 2's sales at 24 million, and same goes for the quarter before it , so the sales are progressing at a pace of about one million copies per quarter.
At the time, Zelnick said that Red Dead Online has not yet become the earner they hoped for, but that this will be addressed with subsequent content updates and community events.
The good news was that Red Dead Online is doing better at this phase than GTA Online did at the time, so not all was bleak. Nevertheless, Rockstar and Take-Two have rarely settled for anything other than flawless, and Zelnick said they're getting there slowly but surely.
Granted, having Grand Theft Auto V in one's portfolio is both a blessing and a curse, depending on whether the focus is on earnings or in-house comparisons, respectively.
Despite being a month and a few days away from their sixth birthday, GTA V and GTA Online aren't showing any signs of slowing down, quite the contrary.
In their May 2019 report , Zelnick revealed that GTA V sold 10 million copies in the last six months, which is a great result in and of itself, but even better when considering its age.
Moreover, they recently launched the long-awaited Diamond Casino & Resort, which they claim is their record launch since GTA V hit the shelves.
Unfortunately, they didn't provide the exact numbers but GTA Online's previous best was 8 million players weekly in November 2015, so it's more than that.
"Engagement and recurrent consumer spending on the game continue to gain momentum, and Rockstar plans to continue to enhance and evolve the world of Red Dead Online with ongoing updates to drive growth", Take-Two wrote.
Speaking of updates, Red Dead Online's upcoming updates will feature three new unique roles , providing players with own progression system, rewards and specialised play style.