If we compare Red Dead Redemption 2 with Borderlands 3, the results are surprisingly weak.
According to SuperData, in its first month, Red Dead Redemption 2 sold 408 thousand copies on the Epic Games Store, before it arrived on Steam. We don’t know the reasons why – perhaps many people already beat it on console (it launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a year ago), or the launch was somewhat buggy… or maybe people just waited for the Steam version. But, if we compare it with Borderlands 3, the results are much different: Gearbox’ game, which still has no Steam version available, sold 1.78 million copies in its first month.
You could probably say that despite this result, Red Dead Redemption 2 still slid into the November top ten on PC – prepare to be disappointed, as League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online, and Crossfire are on the podium, followed by Fantasy Westward Online II and World of Warcraft. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order only claimed the sixth place, but it still performed the franchise’s best console digital launch with 2.14 million copies sold. On console, it finished third behind Pokémon Sword/Shield (2.72 million) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
SuperData also pointed out that year-on-year, the free-to-play console segment has shrunk by 41% – the spending dropped to 84.7 million dollars, and in it, Fortnite’s role is important, as it still has 51% of the spending in the segment this year. People are probably waiting for the two next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox’ Xbox Series X model, and thus, they probably stopped spending cash to save up for the new hardware.
Also, while we’re mentioning the Epic Games Store, the second freebie game out of twelve is Towerfall Ascension.
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