'Red Dead Redemption 2' Included On '10 Best-Selling Games of 2018' + Other Titles Revealed
The NPD Group already cast its holiday predictions which included the top "10 best-selling games of the year." Since Rockstar Games is yet to release Red Dead Redemption 2, it was a surprise that the title made it to the top of the list.
"In a very tight race, Red Dead Redemption 2 will edge out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to be both the best-selling game of Q4, and 2018's best-selling game of the year," the NPD Group's video game analyst Mat Piscatella revealed, per Game Rant. It would be followed by Battlefield V, NBA 2K19, and Far Cry 5 to complete this year's top five.
Call of Duty and Battlefield, which have a yearly release, are believed to make it big this year. However, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been making noise since Rockstar Games announced its coming.
The NPD Group admitted that it had a hard time foretelling the holiday market as it was more unpredictable this time compared to the previous years. But after analysis, it still managed to give the top 10 best-selling games. Others included on the list were Madden NFL 2K18I, Fallout 76, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and Marvel's Spider-Man.
The list also showed that Sony would thrive this year with the inclusion of God of War and Spider-Man. According to PlayStation LifeStyle, the two titles might become the "best-selling" exclusive games of the year. Although it was also a surprise that both titles didn't make it to the top five, it was because both games were exclusively for PlayStation 4. Additionally, it might also be impossible for both titles to cross multiple platforms.
Meanwhile, according to Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption 2 will come in three special versions. The first one is the Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector's Box Edition worth £179 or about $237. It comes with a metal lockbox with a lot of merchandises. However, the game will arrive separately and only available from the Rockstar Warehouse.
The second one is Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition and is worth $99.99. It comes with a lot of in-game items like bonus outfits, rank bonuses, free access to additional weapons and the survivor camp theme, and a black chestnut thoroughbred horse for online. It is available on the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, the Rockstar Warehouse, and other select game retailers.
Lastly, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition holds exclusive content for Story Mode. This includes a bank robbery mission and gang hideout in Story Mode, dappled black thoroughbred, talisman and medallion gameplay bonuses, gameplay boosts, cash bonuses and discounts, the Nuevo Paraiso gunslinger outfit, and free access to additional weapons. This costs $79.99 and is also available on the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, the Rockstar Warehouse, and other select game retailers.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is yet to be seen if it will be out on the PC.