Red Dead Redemption 2 shipped more boxes in eight days than Red Dead Redemption sold in eight years

    
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It’s been a hot minute since we talked about Red Dead Redemption 2, which launched last month in a flurry of “best game evers” against a backdrop of reported labor abuses. That launch performed spectacularly for Take Two and Rockstar, according to T2’s latest investor call: Rockstar shipped 17 million copies of the title, by far besting Red Dead Redemption’s sales up to 2017… in just over a week. (Wouldn’t it be grand if the crunching employees would see a cut of the wild proceeds that “exceeded [T2’s] expectations”?)

Anyway, what matters most to MMORPG fans? The MMO component. The conference call didn’t reveal too much new; the company reiterated that it’s still expected in a public beta by the end of November and wouldn’t talk monetization.

Red Dead Online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative game-play in fun new ways,” T2 president Karl Slatoff said. “Using the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, the vast world of Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players. Access to Red Dead Online will be free with the purchase of Red Dead Redemption 2 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”

Finally, let me rain on the parade: You know how there are suffragettes in the game, who can be helped by the protag as part of a mission? Yeah, some gross dudes decided to film clips of their toons “punching, killing and hogtying a suffragette character in-game,” one of them under the even grosser title “Beating up annoying feminist.” According to the BBC, YouTube initially took down the videos and has since inexplicably returned them to service with content warnings.

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kgptzac

Finally, let me rain on the parade

I wouldn’t call it “finally”, when you basically started doing just that in the first paragraph, and consequently the whole piece reads like a poor excuse to diss at the game while doesn’t really give a shit about anything it does well, because it doesn’t have an online gameplay yet.

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The Bloodless Baron

Oh? What is it that RDR2 does good? Simulating horse testicles?

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xpsync

If you build it, they will come.

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Randy Savage

The hype is real

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Alex Js.

I am impressed, considering that the overall gameplay is so utterly boring (it’s like a “real life job simulator” set in Wild West), with no genuinely memorable characters/companions or proper romance interests. Watching it on Twitch streams was like watching a generic Western movie and I never felt like “I must buy it NOW” while doing so.

I guess it just shows that graphics and animation quality has a huge impact on most players (something that I wish more MMORPG studios would care about) ;-)

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krieglich

Maybe you should play a game for yourself instead of watching others play – there may be a slight chance you could get a real feeling for the world and the characters in it. You can’t judge a game by watching a stream – especially when someone is babbling all the time while playing. That’s like watching someone playing SotC and complaining how effing boring the gameplay is – “boooh, hiss, just a few giants to slay, what’s this shit about?” – Don’t get me wrong, I love twitch, it’s a great platform to get entertained – but you will never feel a game by watching some dude or dudette.

Besides: The graphics in RDR 2 aren’t the best we’ve seen this year – the game is just freaking good, that’s why most players adore it.

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Alex Js.

You can’t judge a game by watching a stream

That’s not true. YOU can’t but I can. Back when Persona 5 was released, I dismissed it as some “weird weeb game” without even considering purchasing it. Then I started watching it being played on streams, thought “this looks interesting and I should buy it”, then bought it, played through it and GREATLY enjoyed it, so much that it became one of my favorite RPGs.

I just don’t watch a single particular streamer who, for example, only enjoys a particular game genre, I watch a variety of streamers who can show a game of various genres without only focusing on bad or good parts.

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Mr.McSleaz

Even the Police Chief on South Park is playing it, lol.

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Yangers

I watched some people on twitch playing rd and its sooooooo boring.

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Armsbend

I find watching any single player game is less fun than watching grass grow in real time.

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UpayaBlossom

That is astounding.

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This has got to be the reason we are seeing many indications that a PC launch will be within a year. Selling 17 million copies in under two weeks has got to be the near the limit to what the console version can produce. Why string the PC userbase along when they know it will sell extremely well and they can move on to another project. Is there anyone here who enjoys these types of games that is not buying a copy of this? In a world where investors are the true customers, it only makes sense.

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Tandor

You might want to check the title – more boxes in eight days, weeks, months?

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Armsbend

Turn an 8 on its side and guess what? Infinity man. Infinity…

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Michael18

… and beyond!

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Sleepy

I’m going with ‘parsecs’

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Armsbend

I was correct on my Activision predictions – almost to the letter as of right now. Stock is tanking hard after a revenue miss.

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Serrenity

uff oh man. That’s painful. Do you think it’ll rebound?

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Godnaz

I will bet my horses shriveled nads in RDR2 that it easily rebounds.

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Serrenity

It’s not looking real pretty for them right now between the D:I cliff it fell off and then the second cliff they fell off today.

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Armsbend

the call is going worse than I could have imagined. Truly legendary bad call.

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Armsbend

I do not believe it will rebound any time soon. It is already very overvalued and as you know – they really have nothing positive going for them at the moment. No pipeline, flat sales, declining brands. It could get much worse before it gets better.

Which is great we have been bitching about Activision practices for years. Let them burn.

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Godnaz

A few blurbs like this one have echo’d the same sentiment that pushback and outcry may be over exaggerated and stocks will rebound once D:I gets released. People cry foul but vote with thier wallet by buying anyways all the time. Worth googling “Will Activision stocks rebound” and filter by date only this week, may give a better forecast. Not saying your wrong, just that investment professionals don’t seem that worried and no one is selling Activision stock.

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Armsbend

The longer you are in this game a bigger joke analyst become. Seriously, I’d trust you more as a my personal stock picker.