Rockstar Games and the Take-Two Interactive parent company have just gotten good news on their next big launch, Red Dead Redemption 2 Online.
The multiplayer part of Red Dead 2, the new online beta version has yet to be published on PS4 and Xbox One.
However, following a financial report released today, it seems that they will have many participants.
The new Red Dead Online beta will be available to anyone with a copy of the game, Internet access and the required console subscription.
And it seems that Rockstar Games will be able to count on a lot of people to test it, based on impressive new statistics shared today.
Take-Two announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold 17 million units since its launch at the end of last month.
It should be noted that this is the number sold to stores, rather than directly to the consumer, but it is still a large quantity.
It has already been confirmed that RDR2 was the second best-selling entertainment product of all time behind GTA 5.
And there were other encouraging news for the development team focused on Red Dead Online.
GTA 5 is still doing very well for the company, which is sticking to previous forecasts that GTA Online will not be cannibalized significantly since the launch of Red Dead 2.
"We said we did not expect to see cannibalization [between GTA Online and Red Dead 2]", CEO Strauss Zelnick told Gamesindustry.biz.
"Each title competes with every other title – it does not matter which label distinguishes it.
"And each title also competes with itself and it does not compete at all with nothing, we have not seen the effects of cannibalization and we do not expect".
However, this will not be put to the test until Red Dead 2 Online is released on PS4 and Xbox One.
Rockstar has yet to confirm when their latest multi-player adventure will be available, however, an announcement is expected soon.
The Take-Two Interactive earnings call also included a brief report by CEO Straus Zelnick, who confirmed that Red Dead Online would go live closer to the end of the month.
Many things have already been reported about the new mode, which will start as a public beta on consoles.
"As previously announced, Red Dead Online is a new online connected experience against the background of the huge open world of Red Dead Redemption 2," explains a Rockstar Games message.
"As with most online experiences of this size and size, there will inevitably be some turmoil at launch and we are not looking forward to working with our unique and dedicated community to share ideas, help us solve problems. Initials and work with us to develop Red Dead Online in something really fun and innovative.
"Using the Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay as a base, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to help grow and evolve this experience for all players."
But even with the launch of Red Dead Online on PS4 and Xbox One, this may not prove the showdown for GTA Online.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is also playable on PC, a platform not yet announced for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Many predict that a PC port is likely but until it is announced and then launched, GTA Online will have an important platform for itself.