Rockstar Games is celebrating the success of Red Dead Redemption 2, its highly anticipated sequel that debuted nearly eight and a half years ago. The second game in the franchise is being lauded by reviewers, and it's found a massive audience among gamers. In just three days since it launched, RDR2 has raked in over $725 million.
That is not just an obscene figure, it's the single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment, according to Rockstar. It also ranks as Rockstar's second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time, behind Grand Theft Auto V, which generated over $1 billion during its first three days. If those claims seem at odds, Rockstar explains that GTA V launched on a Tuesday, whereas RDR2 debuted on a Friday, hence why it had the biggest weekend launch.
"Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) also confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 set new records on the PlayStation Network for highest ever pre-orders, highest day one sales and highest sales for the first three days in market," Rockstar added.
In other words, RDR2 is breaking records left and right. It's proof that the Western genre remains popular, and also underscores that Rockstar has another winning franchise on its hands, one that could potentially rival its GTA series going forward. With this kind of success, we'd be surprised if Rockstar waited another eight and a half years before releasing another RDR2 game.
RDR2 has been receiving positive reviews from around the web. It has a 97 rating on Metacritic among professional reviewers, and a 7.5 rating among users. The biggest disappointment is that it's only available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and not the PC platform. Rockstar has a history of shunning the PC, at least initially. Historically, the developer has taken anywhere from a couple of weeks (Max Payne 3) to around a year and a half (GTA V) to port a game over to PC after initially launching on console.
Unfortunately, the original Read Dead Redemption game never made it to PC. However, there is reason to be optimistic about RDR2. Earlier this year, Rockstar posted a job listing for a programmer, which mentioned "PS4/Xbox1/PC" next to RDR2. More recently, digging through code of the RDR2 companion app revealed several lines that seemingly pointed to a PC port. So, we're crossing our fingers.