According to Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, the open world title, Grand Theft Auto 5, has now officially shipped upwards of 80 million copies worldwide. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed as much during the company’s Q4 and fiscal year earnings release, declaring that the game has at least sold-in another 5 million units since the company’s last financial report back in February 2017.
While some might speculate that digital units are the main sales drivers for this massive monetary accomplishment, Zelnick actually revealed that physical copies are primarily what have assisted Grand Theft Auto 5 in maintaining its status as one of the highest-selling games of all time. As it so happens, the disc versions of the release have contributed to 75% of all sales compared to the 25% digital sales.
With this being the case, Grand Theft Auto 5 fans likely won’t be surprised that the game was also the largest contributor to Take-Two Interactive’s bookings in both Q4 and the fiscal year as a whole, which helped Take-Two’s catalog titles hit an impressive milestone of $880.7 million last financial year. To make matters even more astounding, this figure is almost 50% of the company’s total bookings for the entire year.
Since GTA 5 has climbed yet another rung on the financial ladder in terms of its sold-in units, it stands to reason that the game’s multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, would continue to make Take-Two a large sum of money as well. In fact, Zelnick stated that the online portion of the title is performing better than ever with another “record year.” GTA Online has delivered year-on-year bookings growth in Q4, becoming the “single-largest contributor to recurrent consumer spending” over the last quarter.
Taking all of this into consideration, with Rockstar continually adding content to Grand Theft Auto 5 with free DLC such as Cunning Stunts and the recently included Tiny Racers update, it’s totally understandable why so many players are still roaming the streets of Liberty City to this day and why even more virtual tourists continue to flock to the game’s crime-ridden metropolis. At this rate, it looks as if Grand Theft Auto 5 will keep a significant foothold on the sales charts for the foreseeable future.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.