Rockstar finally announced the second installment of its popular western game Red Dead Redemption. For now, we don’t have any confirmed valuable details about this game, but that didn’t prevent various analysts to analyze the game’s potential, and give use predictions about its success.
Macquarie Securities analyst, Ben Schachter, recently said that the game may be selling over 12 million copies during Take-Two’s second fiscal quarter, if his calculations are correct. His research is based on the number of users’ engagement on social networks on Rockstar’s first announcement post.
“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‘s announcement was indeed well-received on social media, but that’s not surprising at all, because users have waited for a long time for it. The original game sold over 14 million copies across all platforms, which is a pretty good background for the sequel.
So, if Rockstar managed to sell Red Dead Redemption in 14 million copies, the predicted number of 12 million for the sequel definitely seems like a realistic task. Add users’ anticipation to that, and you have the formula for success. So if we take into account the popularity of the franchise, new promised features, and add users’ anticipation to that, we the formula for success.
So, if Rockstar doesn’t take the wrong turn, and it probably won’t, judging by the success of its other titles, Red Dead Redemption 2 could easily be a serious contender for Game of the Year Awards.
Schachter also said he believes the game will arrive on PC in early 2018. The game is scheduled for Fall 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the exclusive online content coming to PS4 first. If Schachter’s predictions turn out to be true, PC players won’t have to wait for too long to play Red Dead Redemption 2, like it was the case with GTA V, for example. This is something we hope for, as well.
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