Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Earns a Record-Setting $725M Opening Weekend

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Earns a Record-Setting $725M Opening Weekend

Rockstar Games is no stranger to record-breaking releases with each GTA release being a cultural event and GTA V making a whopping $1 billion in just three days.

Rockstar Games did not share the exact unit sales for Red Dead Redemption 2, but the sell-through numbers suggest it's more than 10 million.

Rockstar has trumpeted Red Dead Redemption 2's astronomical sales, claiming it to be the second-biggest entertainment launch of all time.

The game is also now the highest ever scored game on the PlayStation 4, with an average score of 97 on Metacritic, and the same on Xbox One.

Biggest first three days full game sales ever on PlayStation Network.

Part of this is owed to the use of HDR technology - something that Rockstar has talked about countless times when promoting Red Dead Redemption 2.

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has seen nigh universal praise, with an average review score of 97 on Metacritic, but it remains to be seen what kind of legs the game has in terms of sales.

Tcompany rarely releases new games, so when it does, it is an "earth-shattering event".

The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. There can be no doubt that this is a landmark game.

According to Eurogamer, the video output of all versions of the game is derived from a Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) image, and therefore is not rendered in high dynamic range.

Meanwhile, Red Dead Redemption 2 remains a critical success as well.

Another user BLAQKROXSTAR mirrored this sentiment, saying "Yea I exhausted turning off HDR because my video clips looked like trash and the game looks disgusting without HDR". It delivers a story full of drama and tragedy, not to mention levity and love, and it compacts it all into the most inventive and compelling missions and moments in Rockstar's history...

As you saw, both the shooting and hunting gameplay videos speak to an open-world experience with an unprecedented level of realism. The company wisely included GTA cash bonuses for Red Dead 2 pre-orders as it knows that GTA Online continues to be a cash cow., but Red Dead Online could prove to be a great games-as-a-service revenue generator too.

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