It goes without saying that Rockstar Games‘ Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most recognizable franchises of all time. Despite its typically negative portrayal in the media – as the title is usually the first one scrutinized whenever the “game violence causes aggression” argument is trotted out like clockwork each year – the series has been hugely successful. For instance, it was recently reported that Grand Theft Auto 5 sales reached 54 million copies since its release in 2013, and if the developers continue to update the open-world action game’s online component, then those figures should continue to grow.
Due to Grand Theft Auto 5‘s critically acclaimed story, graphics, and mechanics, Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive’s profit margins will remain abundant. As a matter of fact, according to the latter agency’s Form 8-K filing with the SEC this week, it’s been confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto franchise in its entirety is the business’ bedrock, as the series has sold-in over 220 million units as a whole.
For the uninitiated, “sold-in” doesn’t exactly mean that copies were purchased. The phrase actually refers to the quantity of products that were shipped to retail. If we were talking actual units bought by living, breathing customers, then the term “sell-through” would be used. Essentially, such language is nothing more than corporate shareholder jargon used to inflate investors’ egos.
At any rate, Take-Two Interactive’s Shareholder Outreach document not only focuses on the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but it also reveals some pretty impressive figures for other titles as well. The popular open-world Western Red Dead Redemption shipped 14 million units, and it lists the always fun NBA 2K series as the industry’s top-selling and top-rated NBA simulation game.
It seems as if the good times keep rolling for Take-Two. Prior to this news, Grand Theft Auto 5 has held its own on the commercial charts, as it was one of the top selling games of July 2015. Not to mention, just last year GTA 5 set an extremely high bar for other releases, for in just three days of its availability, the crime title set the record for the fastest game to reach $1 billion.
With so many top-notch titles in Take-Two’s stable, the company’s halcyon days are likely to remain for many moons to come. And with the software firm’s subsidiary 2K Games recently showing off the sleek, yet grisly gameplay footage for Mafia 3, their hold on the marketplace will surely remain firm. And if we ever get a straight answer out of the organization’s President Karl Slatoff about Grand Theft Auto 5‘s story DLC status, then it’s highly probably we’ll see more of their successful shareholder reports in the future.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.