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Red Dead Redemption 2 news: launch sales to be huge, says analyst

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Red Dead Redemption 2 could flog as many as 12 million copies during its launch period, reckons Ben Schachte, analyst with Macquarie Securities. 

Writing in a note to investors, Schachte observed how the Wild West sequel has drummed up significant interest following its announcement last month. 

Notably, in its first hour, the announcement received 54K likes and 61K retweets on Twitter, 152K likes and 52K comments on Facebook, and 65K likes on Instagram. We think this demonstrates significant pent-up demand and interest for the sequel.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date set for fall 2017

Rockstar unveiled Red Dead Redemption 2 last month following months of rumors, confirming the the game will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next fall. According to early details released by the developer, the game will support an extensive online world much like GTA Online, although we can still expect a dedicated single-player campaign.

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer showcases a stunning western open-world, offering us a glimpse at the game’s stunning visual capabilities. Most intriguing, however, is the presence of seven characters in the footage and in the teaser image released by Rockstar Games, indicating we’ll have multiple protagonists to pick from. PS4 owners will also gain early access to various content within the game.

The first Red Dead Redemption was released back in May 2010 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and achieved critical and commercial success, selling over 14 million copies worldwide and picking up numerous Game of the Year accolades. A sequel has been rumored for years now, although publisher Take-Two never committed to anything beyond assuring the IP was still important to their portfolio. 

Elsewhere, reports of Red Dead Redemption HD have been doing the rounds in recent months, but nothing has come into fruition yet. Stay tuned for more Red Dead Redemption 2 news as we get it.