GTA 5 Sells 45 Million Copies
During an investor’s call, publisher Take-Two interactive revealed that their huge franchise, GTA V, has sold over 45 million copies across all consoles. While this number represents how many copies “sold-in” to retail, 45 million copies is still a gigantic sell represented by their statistics. The game debuted last year for Xbox 360 and PS3, and was more recently released on the PS4 and Xbox One just a couple months ago. Despite just being released, 10 million copies of Rockstar’s open-world game were shipped for PS4 and Xbox One alone in 2 and a half months. The total number of copies sold to retailers also doesn’t include the PC version, since the PC version was delayed back to March 14th, 2015 after set for a January release.
With a budget of $267 million, Rockstar had no trouble getting its money back, as GTA V had one of the most successful launches on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2013 when it racked up sales of $800 million in its first 24 hours of availability, and reached $1 billion of sales faster than any other entertainment release in history.
During the investor’s call, Take-Two also revealed that NBA 2K15 sold 5.5 million copies during Q3, and the company posted net revenue of $531.1 million for Q3 2015, ending December 31st, 2014. Earnings for the previous year during the same quarter were $1.86 billion, which was around the time that GTA V was released on the Xbox 360 and PS4. In addition, the publisher said their Sid Meier’s Civilization series has now reached 29 million total units shipped, while the Borderlands series has climbed to around 23 million units to date.
Also following up the success of GTA V, Grand Theft Auto Online has been quite popular, too. Heists, an eagerly anticipated feature for Grand Theft Auto Online, is still planned for “early 2015.” Rockstar also revealed this week that it’s already considering ideas for Grand Theft Auto VI. The game is currently available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. A PC release is set for March 14th, 2015.