Rockstar Games' incredibly popular open world title Grand Theft Auto 5 hits yet another milestone, as the release reaches 65 million units sold since launch.
According to Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive, Grand Theft Auto 5 continues its selling streak, as the action-adventure release has now gone on to increase its number of moved units since the publisher's last financial report for investors a few months ago of over 60 million in sales, with it now having shipped 65 million copies. For those interested, this kind of growth translates to an averaged sales rate of 1.67 million per month for Grand Theft Auto 5.
As many fans will agree, such a figure is certainly astounding, but accounting for the fact that Grand Theft Auto 5 released on older systems nearly three years ago, the most recent announcement for the title's sales seems even more impressive. Of course, once GTA 5 eventually went on to make the leap to current generation consoles after Rockstar Games VP of creative, Dan Houser, previously stated it wouldn't, the ability for the title to be sold across so many platforms undoubtedly helped to move more units.
At this point, it really should be too much of a surprise that Grand Theft Auto 5 has shipped so many copies, for ever since the open world title launched, it has steadily remained in the top ten rankings on the software charts. As a matter of fact, it made an appearance in the number 5 slot for the best selling video games in April 2016.
On top of Grand Theft Auto 5 reigning supreme in terms of moved units, the action-adventure game has also generated tons of revenue thanks to its multiplayer component, as GTA Online has reportedly raked in nearly half a billion dollars. Bearing this in mind, the amount of copies sold has obviously been influenced by fans' demand to take part in the online portion of the title, as well as the developer's sustained support of the feature with countless updates like its latest In and Out Adversary Mode.
Back in August 2015, Take-Two announced that the Grand Theft Auto series as a whole had hit the landmark of more than 220 million units shipped, so if one only counts GTA 5's 11 million copies moved since then, it would bring the total of the franchise's lifetime sales to over 230 million. Taking all of this into consideration, with GTA 6 now in development, that number is surely to skyrocket in the future.
What do you think of Grand Theft Auto 5's latest sales achievement? Are you still roaming the streets of Los Santos and spreading mayhem in the game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.