Recently we revealed the top 20 most pre-ordered games coming in late 2013, with Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs and Grand Theft Auto V dominating the rankings. A game in the hand is worth two in the sales projections however, so now it’s time to celebrate a set of milestones for two games from Take Two-Interactive that are close to a lot of people’s hearts, one of which came out earlier this year and the other from all the way back in 2008.
If the volume of pre-orders for Grand Theft Auto V are a testament to anything, it’s to the success of Grand Theft Auto IV and the virtually endless fun of driving fast and causing chaos (or occasionally just watching Ricky Gervais stand-up gigs) in Liberty City. In the five years since the game’s release we’ve watched unit sales steadily tick their way up through the millions, but it’s now been confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV has reached a significant (as significant as arbitrary numbers can get, anyway) point in its history.
Game Informer reported comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick at the company’s first quarter 2014 earnings call, during which he revealed that 25 million copies of Grand Theft Auto IV have been sold across all platforms to date. Rockstar Games continues to be an essential tentpole for Take-Two Interactive, and the report anticipates that approximately 60% of revenue for the next quarter will come from Rockstar titles.
The remainder is expected to come from 2K titles, including this year’s critical favorite BioShock Infinite, the long-awaited spiritual successor to BioShock from Irrational Games and creative director Ken Levine. Joystiq reported further comments from Zelnick during an investor conference call, in which the CEO revealed that BioShock Infinite has now sold over 4 million copies and is the best-selling multiplatform release in North America so far this year, and is expected to become the best-selling entry in the BioShock franchise.
This is good news for Irrational Games and bodes well for the future of the BioShock series, but let’s hope that if another entry is on the way, the developers will at least have several years in which to work on it. After all, there’s still the ‘Burial at Sea’ DLC to tide us over until then (no pun intended).