'Grand Theft Auto V' Just Sold Five Million Copies In Six Months
Is there anyone on the planet left who doesn't own a copy of Grand Theft Auto V? Rockstar's open-world crime epic was released back in 2013, on previous-gen consoles, yet the six-year-old game is still shifting units at an incredible rate. In the last six months alone, GTA V has sold another five million copies. Do... do people think there's a cash prize hiding inside one of the boxes or something?
There is no doubt that GTA V is a fantastic game, of course. The continued success of GTA Online, which comes with the game, is also surely a contributing factor to ongoing sales. With that said, this is starting to get ridiculous. Five million, in six months.
This particularly chunky number comes via an earnings report from Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two. According to the financial results for Q2 2019, GTA V has hit 115 million units sold since launch. Fans of previous Take-Two financial reports (I know you're out there) will remember of course that, back in May, the game stood at 110 million units sold.
"I think as the install base grows, if you're over the age of 17, it's a must-have title," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick explained of the continued sales to GamesIndustry.biz.
"This title, remember, was developed for the last generation originally, and then a new version was developed for this generation. And it's pretty amazing that a title originally developed for last generation remains the standard-bearer for quality more than six years later."
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At this rate it's probably more likely that we'll be seeing GTA V re-released for PS5 and Xbox Scarlett before GTA VI sees the light of day. I'm half joking of course, but can't you kind of see that happening? What a chilling thought.
Take-Two celebrated a few other milestones in the report. Borderlands 3 has hit seven million total sales, which is incredibly impressive given the game only launched in September. Meanwhile, the sad cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption 2 has managed 26.5 million in just over a year.
Compared to GTA V, both games are embarrassing failures of course. Must try harder, Take-Two.
It's currently unclear what Rockstar might be working on beyond GTA Online and Red Dead Online. We've heard reports that the studio is developing multiple unannounced projects, but what exactly they could be is anyone's guess at this point. I would imagine, or at least hope, that one of the mystery titles is GTA VI. But we'll have to wait and see.
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