Not too long ago, a comprehensive report done by the video game industry research firm SuperData revealed that Rockstar Games' open world action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto 5 managed to become the most lucrative game of 2017 despite its initial release way back in 2013. Now, Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has officially announced during a recent earnings call for its fiscal third quarter ending on December 31, 2017 that GTA 5 is indeed still alive and well, as it has surpassed 90 million units sold worldwide.
As seen in the tweets below from Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad, not only has Grand Theft Auto 5 hit yet another milestone in sales, but also the game outsold most titles that actually launched last year, with products such as Star Wars Battlefront 2 getting beaten out by the Rockstar release. To be specific, this most recent figure shared by Take-Two reflects that GTA 5 sold a whopping 15 million units in 2017 alone.
Take Two says GTA Online was the single largest driver of recurrent consumer spending during the past quarter.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 7, 2018
It's confirmed GTA Online will have more content updates.
The game has now sold in over 90 million units worldwide! pic.twitter.com/VZlZ55z8zV
For reference, this means that the game sold in 15 million units in the past year. This is 15 million units in 2017 for a game that came out in 2013.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 7, 2018
This means it outsold most games that launched in 2017, such as Battlefront II which sold in 7 million units in the year.
For those unaware, Grand Theft Auto 5 had already achieved the major feat of becoming the best-selling video game of all time in the US, so the fact that it continues to sell well is simply icing on the cake for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. As it so happens, the previous record holder that GTA 5 beat out was the title's antithesis in almost every way – that is, Nintendo's Wii Sports – which originally held the top spot with 82.83 million units sold in total.
Taking all of this into account, it looks as if Grand Theft Auto 5 shows no signs of slowing down in the sales department, especially with the title's developer having confirmed that even more GTA Online content updates are on the way. And if a recent rumor regarding GTA 5 eventually getting a Nintendo Switch port is true, then Rockstar and Take-Two will almost certainly see sales for the game spike even more so in the future.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.