Red Dead Online will end beta phase by end of June

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption II has now shipped more than 24 million copies, with its online component already outpacing GTA Online.

On the face of it cowboys might seem a harder sell than modern day gangsters, but you’d never guess to look at the latest sales figures for Red Dead Redemption II.

According to Rockstar parent company Take-Two the game has now shipped (which isn’t quite the same as sold) 24 million copies worldwide since last October.

That’s above expectations, although the game was already on 23 million by December so clearly it’s unlikely to catch up with GTA V, which is now at a staggering 110 million units shipped.

According to Take-Two though Red Dead Online is currently more popular than GTA Online was at the same point in its lifetime, although they haven’t specified by what metric they’re measuring that.

Officially, Red Dead Online is still in beta but Take-Two have said that this will end this quarter, i.e. by at least the end of June.

There’s no indication that anything particularly special will happen at that point though, given the online mode has been receiving a constant stream of updates ever since it started.

Take-Two were feeling talkative because of their latest financial results, but they still had nothing to say about a PC version of Red Dead Redemption II and passed the buck to Rockstar by saying it was up to them to make an annoucement.

What they did say that was interesting though, was in answer to an investor question about the next generation consoles, which CEO Strauss Zelnick said was not expected to be ‘particularly disruptive’.

A new generation always brings with it great change, from a switch in the dominant console manufacturer to the tanking of almost the entire Japanese games industry last gen. But Take-Two seem confident that there won’t be any seismic shifts this time.

‘I don’t expect it will happen here,’ said Zelnick. ‘We’ll be mindful of the change. But it wouldn’t be determinative of what we would do.’

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