Analyst: Grand Theft Auto V could sell 25 million

EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich predicts Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world game cabable of moving many millions of copies in first year.

Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V is the company's most ambitious project to date, and according to one analyst, that deep investment will be rewarded with strong first-year sales. Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich told Now Gamer recently that he believes the hotly hyped game could sell 25 million or more copies during its first 12 months.

He explained that though the current high-definition game market is "softening" as the existing console cycle comes to a close, the market for big-budget AAA titles like GTAV remains healthy.

"In the case of GTAV, I have little concerns about when it is released," he said. "Whether April, June, or even Winter, I’d expect GTAV to sell in upwards of 25 million copies in its first 12 months."

Rockstar Games last week confirmed GTAV will ship for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during spring 2013. Preorders for the game opened this week at select retailers in the United States and Europe. The game's second trailer will arrive November 14.

For more on GTAV, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Bold prediction: one of the highest selling game franchises ever will sell lots of copies of its next game.

Siveria
Siveria

I also hope it comes out for pc as well.

Siveria
Siveria

I just hope they don't make it way to realistic like GTA4, I loved GTA 3 but I hated 4 because it lost the arcadey feel to it, was way to realistic and I felt it lost what the series felt like.

wyan_
wyan_

The GTA series has always been popular with serial sports gamers, suburban gangster wannabes and urban inner city scum. There's no shortage of any of them, so these sales projections may be spot on.

Aravos
Aravos

That's an increcible goal to go after, we sha'll see!

CruorComa
CruorComa

3 broke sales records. VC broke sales records. SA broke sales records. IV broke sales records. Even IV's DLC broke sales records. Excuse me if don't really think this analyst is going on much of limb by saying V will do the same.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Still haven't fixed the Typo?

 

capable not cabable

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

V is looking like the spiritual sucessor to San Andreas - my favorite GTA ... so yeah, given the installed console bases ... 25MM easy!

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

I know Im gonna Draw a lot of hate for this comment, but I don't like the GTA genre of Games, I tried playing GTA 4 for ahile, but found it completely unsatisfying.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

My favourite two developers in the world.. ever..

 

Rockstar

Naughty Dog

 

Both of which are of ridiculous high quality.  The fact Naughty Dog have The Last of Us coming out and Rockstar have GTAV due for spring I am one seriously happy gamer right now!

 

Rockstar could probably release a turd in a box and i'd likely buy it, everything they touch is gold.  If the guy says 25 million I'll go with 25 million.  Game is going to be perfection!

jubeio
jubeio

Wouldn't surprise me I've enjoyed every GTA game, although I prefered San Andreas to 4 4 was still an excellent game that I spent lots of time going through and having fun with. Can't wait for GTA 5

AlexFili
AlexFili

GTA seems to be getting better and better. Definitely glad they took their time with 5.

steelmouth
steelmouth

maybe its because am not a big GTA fan but i dont see it hitting 25mil in 12 months

franzito
franzito

The era of game best sellers is here! Whatever crap devs pull, their games will sell!!

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I'll help it along once we get a PC release date.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have been saying all along that GTAV is the most likely game to knock ole' COD off the best seller pedestal. I am not sure if 25 mil is more than the best sell out COD game, if not it's gotta be close. It would put a huge smile on my face if a good game like GTA could put COD out of the #1 spot. I am not one to normally care about this sort of thing, but when a sheepish game like that is the biggest selling entertainment medium of all time, it makes me lose more faith in humanity.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

yeah it will easily be a best seller game. everyone loves the GTA franchise and will get it eventually

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

The idea of a new GTA game excites me. I mean I get a new giant city to roam around in. I get new cars and visuals. I get ........ and then I realize it's gonna be the same game aside from that.... and that I'll just spend my time just killing cops again and again. Unless they brought back the turf wars from San Andreas. I actually really enjoyed that. but it would have to be bigger, More gangs, harder. better AI. sigh wont happen.

Llama345
Llama345

Lol wonder if these are the same ppl who thought (and based the whole company on) KoA selling 3 mil.  

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope the game dose well but 25m is a big number to shoot for 

LegendJIJ
LegendJIJ

That is obvious that GTA5 is going to sell big, even better, i predict that GTA5 will sell 25 million during the first 6 months that it releases. No need for an analyst to know how much successful GTA5 will be.

muzza93
muzza93

I really liked the 3 online co op missions in IV. There was Deal Breaker, Hangmanse NOOSE and Bomb Da Base II. u were the mafia guys together with 3 other ppl and had to get to the ship. Me and my friend would get in the helicopter, give the other 2 random ppl on our team a ride, land the helicopter on a roof of a skyscraper until they got out then FLY AWAY! hahaha then wait 15 seconds to see a message pop up saying "F*** YOU!!!" haha then see "player committed suicide" hahaha my absolute favourite!! 

trodeback
trodeback

Could make more if they will release it on PC. I'd be a potential buyer.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

At this stage who the hell cares how well it sells? gods the game isn't even out yet, nobody knows what R* is doing....yeah they'll probably have tons of ways to mess around in the game but how deadly serious is it going to be? because that's what killed GTA IV for me that and the lack of stuff to do outside of dating activities and bowling etc.....

Gods...I really wish I had these people's jobs, sit around and do nothing then make some insane prediction that might never come to pass then get paid, must be a wonderful job....

beavisj
beavisj

Hoping they put the extra effort & money into making their music tracks better than the last. Like vice city or san andreas. Then they could have a near perfect game

StateOfGrace
StateOfGrace

GTA V : Game of the CenturyI'm gonna play this game sooo hard.. you have no idea...Man.... I'm gonna log in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 hours into this game. No joke. I'm gonna play this game until it hurts.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

i just hope it beats the COD records because they dont deserve it. COD is trash. other than that i cant wait!!!

wavelength121
wavelength121

Sorry, I stopped caring about this franchise the moment they gave the main character a voice.

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Love GTA. Can't believe it's been over ten years since GTA 3. Every teenager should play this game secretly in their rooms and at a friends house and ENJOY IT!!!

 

Ahh, childhood. How the world has destroyed thee.

simon1812
simon1812

GTAV will sell around 10M, 25M is too optimistic, there are some good games outhere already.

buttslamify
buttslamify

put kate upton in a bikini on your poster= 25 million sales

firedrakes
firedrakes

really another story about what the game might sell.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Yes, thank you Captain Obvious. Now go and analyze something we don't already know about.

kb8618
kb8618

No **** GTA IV had 3.6M day 1, 6M first week (30M 360+PS3 consoles sold), There are much more consoles out now so 25M Is an easy number to hit, and probably much sooner than 12 months.  If 1 in 5 console owners buy GTA V like they did with IV than they will hit it Week 1

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Not expecting much since it still has to conform to 7 year old hardware.

 

Coop campaign and sandbox or not up to the standard.

 

"cabable"

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

It will sell like crazy that's for sure. Heck, GTA4 is still incredible even by today's standards. 

ilantis
ilantis

Go home Generic Analyst, you're drunk

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

That's a pretty bold call even for a GTA game

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

Who else agrees they should have a female character in a future GTA?

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

I am very much looking forward to this game! I just hope they use the "ammo dumps" like in RDR freeroam set-up as well as the weapn wheel. That was a much better approach to ammoing-up in freeroam play. But please don't lose all the free-roam/online options for GTAV (ie: all online game settings), just being able to mess around is one of the great parts with the GTA series.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Whether it sells or not, GTA is a godsend for me ,the game that pushed me to the road to core gaming and made me slam my foot on the pedal. From there, I never let go of the gas.

Amster_G
Amster_G

Whether or not it reaches that number, this is going to be the biggest game of next year. I seriously cannot wait until next week's second trailer!!!

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

I always find GTA posters to be amazing, especially the art work of the slutty girls are great.

 

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

idk, i kinda doubt it will sell 25 million, the GTA series isn't as big as it used to be. But then again it is thee ultimate casual game so it will sell a ton, just don't think it will reach 25 million.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

This is especially true since this game is now legal in Australia.