Well before we even knew what Grand Theft Auto 5 would look like or how it would play, most figured that Rockstar Games’ forthcoming release would be huge. However, what we didn’t expect was just how well this particular franchise entry would sell.
According to Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive, Grand Theft Auto 5 has shipped over 45 million units to retailers, 10 million of which are for current-gen (PS4 and Xbox One) platforms.
Word of Grand Theft Auto 5’s sales comes by way of a Take-Two investors call wherein the company shared a few sales numbers for their franchises. However, since this was a sales-focused call there were no new details on future properties, like the long-rumored Red Dead Redemption sequel.
No doubt the 45 million units sold (a.k.a. shipped into retailers) is an impressive number in and of itself, but the more intriguing sales figure is the 10 million for current-gen. The last-gen versions of GTA 5 have been on the market for over a year, and therefore have had plenty of time to move stock, albeit at an accelerated pace. The current-gen versions of Grand Theft Auto 5, on the other hand, have only been on the market since November, which makes the 10 million shipped that much bigger of an accomplishment.
And with the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 right around the corner – March 24th to be exact – we wouldn’t be surprised to see the train keep on rolling. The PC version will generate more interest thanks to its mod support, and with that will hopefully come the release of heists for GTA Online. Heists have been a major point of contention for GTA fans, but they still seem eager to play them regardless. So, if the heists are successful, that’s another element to push sales even further.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was already the top selling game of 2013, and one of the top selling games of 2014. Could it stay in the top 10 for a third year in a row?
Do you think Grand Theft Auto 5 deserves its sales accolades? What would get you more interested in the game?