Take-Two says Red Dead Online is “performing better than Grand Theft Auto Online did at the same stage of the game”

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Anecdotally, it seems that Red Dead Online is dead. Nobody is talking about the game, and I don’t know anybody who plays the online bits of the wild west chore simulator. Red Dead Online has been beset by launch woes, a lack of content and on the surface, a lack of players. According to Rockstar parent company Take-Two though, that last bit just isn’t true.

According to the publisher, speaking in its quarterly earnings call (via Seeking Alpha), “Red Dead Online is performing better than Grand Theft Auto Online did at the same stage of the game.”

Because of that, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick says the company has very high expectations for the game once the online modes move out beta.

“Rockstar has said that Red Dead Online will be coming out of beta in the current quarter. And there’s content to come on an ongoing basis and including when it comes out of beta. So I think we have very high expectations for that title going forward.

And I would observe that if you compare how Red Dead Online is doing at this stage of the game, in terms of the initial release, and the movement into beta, Red Dead Online is performing better than Grand Theft Auto Online did at the same stage of the game. So we have terrific expectations, as does everyone in the company. Of course, the folks at Rockstar feel great about the upcoming content drops.”

In the same call, it was revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold 24 million units worldwide, which obviously means the game is incredibly successful. It isn’t selling nearly as well, or as quickly as GTA V though. RDR2 sold 17 million copies within its first eight days on sale, reaching 23 million by December’s end. Now, the tally’s just a million copies higher. Maybe, maybe the “full” release of Red Dead Online will help the game reach GTA V’s monstrous 110 million copies sold.

Last Updated: May 14, 2019

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