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Take-Two delighted with GTA V sales, Red Dead Online needs work

Published: 14:23, 14 May 2019
Rockstar Games
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In a recent earnings call, Take-Two Interactive revealed that the sales of GTA V have hit 110 million, exceeding their expectations in 2018. GTA Online grew in player numbers and revenue, but Red Dead Online could apparently use more work.

Note that GTA V is a few months away from its sixth year on the market, if you count from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions that launched in September of 2013.

PS4 and Xbox One owners had to wait for November 2014, while in the master race's case, GTA V is four years and one month old, but selling 10 million copies in the last six months says enough about its popularity.

In comparison, Red Dead Redemption 2 sold 10 million copies, which sort of puts things in perspective when it comes to their best earners.

Namely, Red Dead's opening weekend may have earned Rockstar $725m , but only because GTA V launched on a Tuesday. Its first three days raked in a billion dollars for Take-Two and Rockstar, but unfortunately, they weren't a weekend.

Of course, Red Dead Redemption 2's 24 million sold copies is still a great result but Take-Two found Red Dead Online to be not as grand, although they did state they were optimistic.

In spite of the recent leaks claiming that Red Dead Redemption 2 may be coming to PC , Take-Two dodged the bullet and seemingly offloaded the decision to Rockstar.

We've also learned that Borderlands has sold 43 million copies thus far, 20 million of which was Borderlands 2, so Take-Two will be hoping that Borderlands 3 can emulate and hopefully improve this numbers some more.

GTA V is not the only one to exceed Take-Two's expectations, as Civilization VI's launch on the Switch has proven to be a lucrative one, and it turns out that NBA 2K19 is en route to become the most successful game in the franchise, albeit it's not there yet. 

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Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick also stated that they have yet to be announced titles coming in the fiscal year, and we reckon we'll know more come E3.

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