Red Dead Redemption 2 is already one of 2018’s most highly-anticipated games. Fans have been eager for another chance to roam the old west frontier since the original game’s Undead Nightmare expansion pack was released in October 2010.
However, while hopes are high for the upcoming sequel, Take-Two Interactive is tempering their expectations, especially in comparison to their other gem, Grand Theft Auto V; one of the best-selling games of all-time.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that the studio is not expecting Red Dead Redemption 2 to compete with the staggering success of Grand Theft Auto V.
“It’s hard to expect anything to perform as well as the most profitable entertainment product of all time,” Zelnick stated. “I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation. Our hope, and also belief, is that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be an extraordinary creative product and that it will do incredibly well. Beyond that I can’t say – I don’t think anyone can say. We have to release it and see what consumers think.”
Only Tetris and Minecraft have outsold Grand Theft Auto V, which has sold more than 90 million copies since its September 2013 release on the PlayStation 3, amounting to over $6 billion in revenue.
It’s a good thing for the company to have realistic expectations about the success of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game is likely to have success on release from fans of the first game as well as newcomers to the series. That being said, it’s unlikely that the series will hit the kind of sales numbers that GTA V did.