Which was to be expected if you look at the continued success of each major iteration of Rockstar's now two major titles in Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Grand Theft Auto V still holds the retail sell-through record for its first three days at over $1 billion, however, its release fell on a Tuesday, while Red Dead Redemption 2's fell on a Friday, with the open-world outlaw epic raking in more than $725 million in its first three days.
So, technically Red Dead Redemption 2 does have the biggest "opening weekend", if you're taking into account when each game was released at retail. But no matter which way you look at it, those numbers are astronomical.
The game is also the highest ever pre-ordered game on the PlayStation Network, has the highest day one sales and the highest sales over three days on Sony's digital store. No data from Microsoft was provided by the team (likely due to an agreement keeping the PlayStation brand front and centre of the game's internal data, despite it looking best on Xbox One X for running in native 4K).
An epic tale of honor and loyalty set in the dying days of the outlaw age, Red Dead Redemption 2 follows Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. Following a botched robbery in the western town of Blackwater, the gang is forced to flee and, with federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, leaving Arthur to make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.
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Told across the deepest and most expansive Rockstar world to date, Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar’s first game built from the ground up for new generation hardware, and seamlessly blends gameplay and storytelling in a completely new way to deliver the experience of living as an outlaw in a notorious gang.
. Otherwise, just get out there and buy what is arguably one of the best games of the past decade.