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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Command & Conquer Remastered Announced

EA announces to remaster Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert from classic real-time strategy game series Command & Conquer.

Back in the 90's developer/publisher Electronic Arts managed to garner a dedicated fan-base for classic real-time strategy game series Command & Conquer. These games continue to influence the genre in modern days even after more than two decades.

Apparently, they intent to bring the series back to PC once again and this new initiative adds the 4K remaster for the titles. EA has partnered up with Petroglyph Games for the project, who previously worked on Guardians of Graxia and Star Wars: Empire at War.

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Command & Conquer Remastered Announced

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Petroglyph houses some of the former developers from Westwood Studios, the original studio that worked on the initial C&C titles. Lead Programmer Joe Bostic was the co-creator of both Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn.

When Westwood was falling, the studio was bought out by EA but that didn't help the franchise anyway. The series saw a bit change but after a series of disappointment, C&C was shelved. E3 2018 saw a revival of games with the announcement of Command & Conquer: Rivals.

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However, Rivals is a mobile strategy game Android and iOS that gamers didn't expect or wanted and thus, failed to get the traction EA was hoping to get. So, players can now look up to the Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn getting remastered for a change.

Both of these titles will come in a single remastered collection with three expansion pack Covert Ops, Counterstrike and Aftermath included in it. Don't expect to get your hands on it anytime soon as the development process hasn’t even started yet.

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The reason for announcing the project way before they development is that Electronic Arts was skeptical if they can remain faithful to the original experiences and waited for the right support for this remaster initiative for the past few months.

In recent time, publishers like Capcom and SEGA has found success by remastering some of their old classics. So, it is quite understandable when EA would join the race as well to make a quick buck from their old work.

Fallout 76 Out Now

Online multiplayer action role-playing game Fallout 76 from Bethesda Game Studios is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The adventures of wasteland are back as developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks brings back one of their most popular action role-playing game series Fallout, with the recent installment Fallout 76 which is now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game moves aside from its regular single player mode and into a world of online multiplayer for limitless possibilities to explore. The studio created a dynamic open world where players are on a constant threat of a nuclear strike anytime.

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Fallout 76 Out Now

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A barren wasteland leaves you a lot of locations to discover and a lot of stranger to come across. There is no reason that you shouldn't set your unique character attributes using the revised S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system to stand out with a distinct personality.

If you haven't already fallen in love with the landscape of West Virginia from the time "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was played on the teaser trailer, you sure will when you start exploring the green forests or the toxic expanses of the region.

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Player-Filled Wasteland

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Building and crafting of shelters into the wilderness is much-needed for the sake of your own safety and the newly introduced C.A.M.P. system offers you construction mobility to set your base anywhere you want. Not only it saves your skin from scavengers, you can also keep an eye on a suspicious neighbor.

While strolling around the local area, you might get your hands on Nuclear Missiles and its launch codes; the ultimate weapon for total annihilation. Now, you can either wipe out the populace of an entire area or reserve the power of the atom to yourself.

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On a softer tone, the features of the game are better depicted in the official live action trailer that you can check out below.




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Since the game is going online, Bethesda has gotten rid of NPCs and whoever you meet on your way is just another surviving player. Fallout 76 will make you wonder in the end that how a post-nuclear America could look so good!

The possibility of a single-player mode is not entirely ruled out but that is not happening anytime soon either. So, buckle up your gatherings to go on a quest in the post-apocalyptic world and make America great again by working with your fellow Vault Dweller.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

Turf Wars DLC comes to Marvel’s Spider-Man with three brand-new suits for Spidey and the villain Hammerhead.

Developer Insomniac Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has been doing a great job fleshing out the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man with the first chapter of their DLC series Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps – The Heist, which offers us an all-new adventure quest.

One of his classic enemies, Hammerhead is going to be part of the second DLC for PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title. It also has new story missions to explore, crimes to stop, challenges to complete, trophies to earn and three new suits to try out!

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

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If you can spare a moment to take a look at the official teaser released for the next chapter, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars, you will get the idea.




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Hammerhead is an organized crime boss who made his first comic-book appearance back in 1970 on the pages of issue 113 of The Amazing Spider-Man monthly ongoing series. As the main villain of Turf Wars, he starts a war against Dons of the Maggia.

With his surgically enhanced skull and equipment from Sable International, he is seeking to restore his mob glory years by hammering down on anyone who will come in his way. Spider-Man joins team with Yuri Watanabe to put a stop at his ventures to keep the streets of New York safe.

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Turf Wars DLC Spidey Suits

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Since brand-new suits are one of the most beloved features of the game among fans, the new chapter introduces three great new suits. There is the Iron Spider suit from "Civil War" crossover event because many wanted the comic-book version.

The second inclusion is the Spider-Clan Suit, taken from the pages of Marvel Mangaverse and designed in animated-style. You will also have Spider-Armor MK I, which may prove useful to use against Hammerhead in a fight.

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New Version of Iron Spider Suit

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Now that "The Heist" is released and "Turf Wars" is revealed, you are left with the final chapter Silver Lining from The City That Never Sleeps series and it will launch later on December 2018. A new piece of art for the newest chapter was shared by artist Adi Granov as well.

Turf Wars post-launch DLC content is coming on November 20 and will be available to purchase for only $9.99 or you can just go for the entire bundle priced $24.99 only. You can also get the Digital Deluxe Edition of Spider-Man PS4 for only $79.99, which gets you the whole package with the base game.

Hitman 2 Out Now

Stealth action-adventure game Hitman 2 from IO Interactive and WB Games is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Agent 47 is back again in Hitman 2 from the latest installment of the stealth action-adventure Hitman game series developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The return of silent assassin carries out elements from the previous game of 2016 and then incorporating them with the newest features developed for the game. Not only is the title the most up-to-date in franchise but it also is the best iteration of the protagonist.

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Hitman 2 Out Now

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To hunt down the mysterious Shadow Client, 47 go on a global chase throughout Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Miami, Santa Fortuna of Colombia, Whittleton Creek in Vermont, Sgàil in North Atlantic and even locations of Mumbai, India.

Each of these locations will present tons of opportunities to get the job done if you keep an open eye and many character will come and go while you meet them to overhear conversations related to the job. Killing your targets and then getting out alive is the task.

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Sniper Assassin Multiplayer Mode

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Test your assassination skills from hundreds of challenges in three different levels to prep you up for the Silent Assassin rating. Aside from going deep down inside the life of Agent 47, Hitman 2 brings out two new multiplayer modes for players.

The first one among the twp is Sniper Assassin mode, where you go solo or play in online co-op with fellow ICA operatives Stone or Knight, aiming for long-range kill. All you have to do is to take down targets to earn points, unlock challenges and upgrade your rifle.

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The second one is a unique 1v1 competitive play called Ghost Mode, where the multiplayer mode pits you in a direct PvP match to get five target kills before your opponent. You will be on two different realities that doesn't affect each other but let you see the progress of your competitor as he moves.

Before we jump into the final notes, we offer you to take a look at the official gameplay launch trailer that briefly showcases what you are getting into.




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Developer IO Interactive has more plans for Hitman 2 post-launch live content and they are already bringing actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Oath) as the first Elusive Target Mark Faba, who goes by the name of  The Undying.

November 20 marks the arrival of the content and Elusive Target runs for only 14 days and awards you Explosive Pen for completing it, so do not miss it out anyhow. The studio is very proud to bring back Agent 47 to dedicated fans of the series and promises to keep up with players by providing more in future.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox One backward compatibility feature brings Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy and Civilization Revolution as Xbox One X enhanced from Xbox 360.

The entire Xbox community came celebrating the fourth-annual X018 event this weekend at Mexico City and Microsoft Studios teamed up with Square Enix to announce that Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy will be backwards compatible on Xbox One from November 13.

It is time for fans of the series to rejoice in excitement as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII from role-playing game franchise Final Fantasy has joined the library of Xbox One X enhanced backward compatibility.

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Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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These three action RPG titles from "Fabula Nova Crystallis" saga with mostly positive receptions were originally released within 2009 to 2013 for Xbox 360 consoles aside from other platforms like Android, iOS, PC and PlayStation 3.

Not only are these games are being made available for Microsoft's eighth-generation home console, FFXIII Trilogy is receiving enhanced visual upgrade to be enjoyed on the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X.

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The above-mentioned titles will soon join previously announced lineup of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy Maxima as part of Final Fantasy Legacy Collection, will be releasing throughout 2019.

On another note, turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games has also received Xbox One X enhanced update. Back in April 2017, the title joined the backward catalog of games already.

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FFXIII and Civilization Revolution is Xbox One X Enhanced

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Some people may have missed their chance with these titles the first time they were launched and had no way of playing it back now without migrating back to older consoles or maybe experience it on PC if there is a version available. This is where the Xbox One backwards compatible feature comes to play.

Microsoft has done a great job amassing more than 500 titles from Xbox 360 platform and 25 of them are enhanced for Xbox One X. Another 32 original Xbox classic titles are now available to enjoy on your Xbox One devices.

Friday, November 9, 2018

God of War Prequel Comics

Dark Horse writer Chris Roberson comes up with a prequel story for Kratos, God of War with artist Tony Parker.

The newly rebooted run of mythology based action-adventure game God of War from developer Santa Monica Studio was undoubtedly one of this year's biggest games. The saga is moved from Greek mythology to Norse mythology to establish a new run.

Although that seemingly worked out pretty well for a new setting of this game, there was void left behind that needed to be filled. So, after releasing God of War: The Official Novelization for the title, a four-issue prequel comic series is in works now.

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God of War Prequel Comics

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When comic-book writer Chris Roberson (Aliens – Fire and Stone, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. – 1953) from Dark Horse Comics handled the project of creating a prequel this year's PS4 blockbuster, he was intrigued and intimidated at the same time.

Roberson was aware of the new setting of Kratos that has been moved from his previous roots and it surely was a huge task. A story that takes characters from one era or genre and places them into another has opportunities for a lot of development.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #1

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A world filled with ice giants and trolls itself is vast enough to throw different obstacles at Kratos in his way to encounter every now and then. Then again, handling such a recognizable and well-established character with a huge fan-following is quite challenging.

To add more to his backstory, both Santa Monica Studios and Dark Horse Comics decided to go with a direct prequel to the new game that will maintain continuity. To start with that itself is a herculean task itself and also an honor.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #2

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The story premise follows Kratos after he has left his history with Olympus behind and builds a new life in the remote Norse wilds. Destiny would still find a way to use his rage for fuel of destruction and thus he entangled into troubled he didn't wanted.

When he was trying to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a monstrous bear in the woods, he unintentionally gets into beef with a mysterious cult. Since the former Ghost of Sparta always gets punished for his good deeds, this time seems not to be any different than his bloodied past.

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Collaborator and artist Tony Parker was a great help to Roberson as well as game director Cory Barlog. During their first conversation, he pitched the basic outline of the plot and then it took some time to eventually bring the story to life.

The first issue from the series is going to be released on November 14, 2018 and the prequel story nicely ties to the emotional journey Kratos go through in the new God of War game. All of this hard work will only pay off when readers will see it for themselves and enjoy the extended take on the saga.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

Celebrating the first anniversary of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Guerrilla Games sat down to talk about creating one of the in-game creatures, Fireclaw.

Last year, around the same time this week, developer Guerrilla Games has released The Frozen Wilds expansion for their action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4, which added brand-new chapter for Aloy to explore new grounds and complete quests.

Of course, the world of HZD is full of dangerous machines everywhere that she would come across during her journey and hunt them down. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expansion, developers Richard Oud and Pinar Temiz talks about one such fierce character known as Fireclaw.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

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Initially they came up with the idea of creating a machine hybrid creature for HZD that resembles to a bear but due to time constraints, that idea was scrapped. So, when they were back at developing The Frozen Wilds, the idea of bear came back.

The team then immediately delved into development with design documents for making the bear concept into a machine. Animation department were provided the 3D models and they started testing with its attack and other movements.

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The Bear Essentials

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Some of the designs were implemented and some are tested but then left out when they thought some of its moves may come as difficult for players to get a read on. The design and animation team worked on it to come to a solution eventually.

Now that they established a better set of movement for the creature, AI department started putting the bear into the game and senior sound designer Pinar Temiz started working on its sound effects and vocalizations.

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Fireclaw is a huge bear-like machine that had move set comprised of lava-based attacks but it still has some similarity with other machines from Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a starting point for Pinar to work with an idea of not making it too clunky.

Check out his take on the idle movements of the beast from the game in the clip below when it is not engaging into a fight and just simply minding its own business.




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When the animation team was done making the basic movements and walking set for Fireclaw, they decided to add reference nature of grizzly bears from video clips. However, they moved to polar bears simply due to the fact that they are of a bit more authoritative figures and have slightly different features.

Since the idea of the creature came from bears, it makes sense when the studio took a round on variety of their races but wouldn't it sound completely crazy if they start looking up to Red Pandas? That is what happened and they got what they needed from YouTube.

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Polar Bear Refurrence

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Though looks quite cute, Red Pandas actually use their body weight to put their opponents down in a fight and the way they simply drops and rolls is amazing. Looks like the creators of the famous Kung Fu Panda franchise has taken their inspiration for the series from the same source.

After a few processing and development of layering those sources, the second stage of performance came out next.




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Pinar studied bears grunting, other animals that has an intimidating sound of being grumpy and the solution came from walruses and seals. These grunts mixed with synthetic movement sounds slowly helped him achieve the right mark he was looking for.

Now that he came to a stable state with the desired vocalization of Fireclaw, all they wanted was not to make the motions and sounds repetitive. All animators and sound designers worry about falling into this dilemma very often.

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Over time, this can be a problem when player will notice that it seems artificial and forcible on them. This has to be avoided at any cost but the studio didn't have enough resources to spare or much time at hand to keep working on it.

Therefore, the studio of Guerrilla Games came up with a system that will pick randomness and then mix it with their finite resource pool to bring variation. They even had this repetition issue on the early stages as well when Aloy used to ride her mount.

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Bipedal Movement Animation

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Fortunately, their solution worked and different variations were achieved from random cycles to provide a non-repetitive, natural look. The team even delivered different layers of sounds for both front and back footsteps.

Another issue that troubled them was when Fireclaw and Frostclaw stood on their two legs; it felt like a guy in a metal bear suit, which is awkward. So, more footage of reference came to play until they finally came to a convincing bipedal stance.

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Distinct Frostclaw Model

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What many people may not have known is that the studio used human performances among the mix of machine vocalizations but getting it right was the tricky part. So, human voices were pitched down and blended with other sounds.

Aside from these work, both Fireclaw and Frostclaw has their unique models and sizes to work with. They even have distinct attack animations, many of which taken reference from various CGI portrayals of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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These up close development phases and videos clearly depicts how much coordinated team work it takes to create one of these creatures to come alive into the game environment and that is definitely a lot harder than defeating them in-game.

Developer Guerrilla Games have obviously taken a lot of effort to create these individual machines to add to their game and Horizon Zero Dawn became so great because of their dedicated hard work towards this project.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

YouTube deletes and then restores back Red Dead Redemption 2 controversial videos of killing feminist NPC.

Developer/publisher Rockstar Games didn't launch Western-themed action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 with intent of just riding horses and camping in the woods but it also involves a lot of rooting tooting cowboy shooting.

Since the in-game lead character Arthur Morgan is an outlaw, you expect him being involved in some activities during the gameplay that may not be pleasant but that is okay. However, it seems that YouTube wasn't so sure about it before it became a matter of concern.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

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Recently, YouTube took down a gaming channel known as Shirrako Gaming of 500,000  subscribers base for a gameplay video they uploaded earlier, claiming the content have broke their community guidelines by showing the player attacking a feminist NPC (Non-Player Character).

Titled "Annoying Feminist Fed To Alligator", the video depicts Arthur attacks a female suffragette before saddling her up on his horse and then feeding her to an alligator to take a chomp at her. He then stomped her with boots for a while afterwards.

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Now such display of violence against suffragette woman NPC in RDR2 are often labeled online as attacks against feminists and these videos are quickly becoming very popular to a certain part of gaming community these days.

YouTube apparently couldn't tell real footage of violence from the ones taken from popular video game and took them down for breach of guidelines but these contents are only prohibited if they come under fire, which t didn't.

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Shirrako Gaming promptly took Twitter to address the takedown of his channel by the video-sharing website for promoting violence by killing a female NPC.



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Immediately after the ban, a massive fan-outcry followed over the deletion move by the site and upon realizing their mistake, the action is reviewed again and the channel was eventually restored the following day with all videos.

Seeing the matter going out of hands, the company's wider gaming team handled the situation and YouTube's head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt confirmed that they will educate the reviewers from repeating such mistakes in future to avoid such inconvenience.

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Here is the video in question that created the so called feminist controversy on YouTube regarding the game.




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Now that the air is clear once again, people are hitting search for Red Dead Redemption 2 videos where women's rights activists are getting punched in the face, run over by trains or even thrown into mine shafts in the Wild West.

However, these controversial video clips are now restricted only to audience above 18 years of age and that clearly makes sense. Hopefully, the misogynistic attitude towards outspoken feminists within a game is not going to be the subject of their concern anymore.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 Hits 17 Million Sales

Rockstar Games has shipped more copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 within a week than the original did in eight years.

The most anticipated video game of 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 from developer/publisher Rockstar Games was launched on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to meet with immense success that even surpassed Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Recently, an official financial report from Rockstar's parent company Take-Two Interactive has revealed that so far they have shipped over a whooping 17 million copies of their critically acclaimed Western-themed action-adventure game.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Hits 17 Million Sales

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However, this sell-in figure means that there are numbers included for physical copies that are already shipped to retailers but yet not obtained by customers. No matter which way you want to look at it, that is an extremely impressive number in just 12 days after launch.

This narrative open-world game debuted with the biggest opening weekend by earning over $725 million in just three days and then outsold the eight years of overall sales of original Red Dead Redemption in just eight days.

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Even Take-Two and Rockstar Games have admitted that Red Dead Redemption 2 has exceeded their expectation by crossing such landmark in so little time. Previously, only Grand Theft Auto V was able to pull such feat and ended up earning over $6 billion till date.

This insane level of success also comes with a much appreciated critical acclaim for RDR2, which has undoubtedly raised the bar for other games in general these days. Although there are reports of a few bugs but Rockstar is working to provide a fix soon.