Borderlands 2 ships 5 million

Gearbox's new shooter helps Take-Two post $10.2 million profit on $273 million in revenue for latest financial period; digital sales up 108 percent.

Borderlands 2 was a big hit. 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive reported earnings today for the three months ended September 30, revealing Gearbox Software's new shooter has shipped 5 million copies since launch in September.

Take-Two called the launch one of the "most successful releases" in 2K history and noted that in addition to healthy sales at retail, the game has also enjoyed "strong" digital sales. It was not announced how many copies of Borderlands 2 were actually sold to consumers.

Borderlands 2 was not the only significant contributor to Take-Two's bottom line for the three-month period. According to the publisher, catalog sales of Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption also were key contributors.

Also a bright spot on Take-Two's sales sheet was digital content. The publisher said revenue from digitally delivered content surged 108 percent year-over-year, driven by offerings from the Borderlands, Grand Theft Auto, and Civilization franchises, as well as Max Payne 3.

In all, Take-Two posted net revenue of $273.1 million for the period, up 155 percent from the $107 million the company hauled a year ago prior. Profits hit $10.2 million, as compared to a loss of $39.4 million from a year ago.

Take-Two also reiterated yesterday's news that Grand Theft Auto V is on schedule for an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launch during spring 2013. Company chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said he expects this title to contribute "substantial revenue and earnings growth" in the next fiscal year.

Take-Two will hold a call this afternoon, during which Zelnick and other company executives will talk in greater detail about earnings. Check back later for news from the presentation.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Rawrrah
Rawrrah

They really deserved getting good sales like this. Borderlands 2 is a great game, and improved its prequel on so many points.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Stellar game -- it deserves the sales.

son_hai
son_hai

BL2 is a great game because it have coop - Lan and cool story, I love it !

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

Does part 2 have repetitive mob spawning? Only reason I got sick of the first one and back-tracking two minutes later to find the same respawns

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Shipped does not usual mean sold, but this game is great and there's no reason to think it won't sell 10m in its lifetime.

 

Well deserved!

tightwad34
tightwad34

5 Million is pretty damn good. In my opinion  it should be higher. I don't like FPS or even FP view, but this game quickly became one of my favorite games this gen. It is pure carnage and fun, and not mindless at that. The heavy RPG elements were definitely a seller for me, but I think I still would have liked it if it didn't have any. I also love seeing the HP numbers flying off the enemies as every bullet hits them, so satisfying. There are so many other things to love about the game too. Just too awesome to sum up here.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Congrats 2K and Gearbox, can't wait to see what else your cookin' up in the DLC department for this game.  Hope they are as good as the Borderlands DLC's!

decoy1978
decoy1978

Interesting that digital sales for this particular company is up so high. 

emperiox
emperiox

Boredomlands 2*. That game is a piece of crap and runescape is like a million times better!!!

rasterror
rasterror

I'm glad it is successful.  you can tell this game was created by people who love games and what they do.  so far this has my vote for game of the year.  thanks and congrats 2K.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Man, 2K has some fantastic intellectual properties.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeea !........Do I get a cut as a loyal customer to the gaming industry

 

:-/

cdog21
cdog21

Games shipped doesn't mean the same things as games sold does it? I keep seeing games that ship big numbers, but I never really see how many units were actually sold, so I was never really clear on whether a game being shipped meant that it was a sell or not.

 

Anybody know?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Next Year's GOTY release will pump that figure up.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I have played the hell out of Borderlands 2, got 52/53 achievements for it....one of the best games of the year, but won't be game of the year.

Mabrry
Mabrry

Glad it got such good sales and reviews, Borderlands 2 was probably one of the best games i've played with two of my friends. Next up, Halo 4!

brkdwnxx
brkdwnxx

Congrats the 2k and GB. they deserve it!

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

Has not yet been announced that GTA V will be "uncut" like borderlands 2?

I expect it to be toned down to 5 years old players.

TTDog
TTDog

 @ChunkyDrawers Enemies respawn, takes a while so you can romp around an area fairly easily for a while... what really bugged me was that doors/links between areas were always at the back of a bandit camp so as soon as you'd entered an area you'd be in the midst of a huge firefight... I know you can fast travel but that takes some of the joy away for me.

demixx
demixx

 @emperiox well you rated everything either 1.0 (all shooters) and 10 (all rpgs) I bet you never even played borderlands 2 and youre here to get your troll'on. 

Setho10
Setho10

 @cdog21 Shipped copies are games shipped to retailers. Sold copies are copies sold to consumers.

ragnar320
ragnar320

 @mrsniper83

 yea i have a feeling that halo might take it just cause its halo and halo is epic

Savior4Life
Savior4Life

 @Thumbler76 Thats absurd..... I hope your being sarcastic, cause this would never happen.

 

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Thumbler76 Why would a game carrying an 18 age certificate be toned down for 5year olds?

decoy1978
decoy1978

 @demixx   I'm real hesitant to believe in anyone that gave King Arthur a perfect 10...  Guy's just trolling.

emperiox
emperiox

 @demixx You've got a point. Runescape deserves a 10 and Boredomlands 2 deserves a 1...

 

emperiox
emperiox

 @Shango4 no im a runescape player. Runescape > Call of Duty...

 

cdog21
cdog21

 @Setho10 

So most of the games that I thought did amazing because they SHIPPED so many weren't financial successes.

 

Like SR3 or B:AC.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @ragnar320  I don't like Halo, but I am getting some respect for it after everything I am reading about Halo 4 now that the different perspectives are coming out. Also, Borderlands 2 is totally my GOTY, but I agree with mrsniper83.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @Savior4Life I'm sarcastic, but based on a real fact. BL2 is actually toned down in gore to avoid certain nation's censorship criteria.

demixx
demixx

 @cdog21  @Setho10 I dont think retailers would invest in something that wouldnt sell so shipped is pretty much sold. 

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @brkdwnxx  Well, I don't really change my mind on that. You like the game as it is? I'm happy for you. For me it is a huge let down. Not broken, but a big delusion. I'll pass to other games, and I'm not going to trust developers promises anymore. Enjoy!

brkdwnxx
brkdwnxx

 @Thumbler76  @WolfGrey Eh, no sense in arguing with nitpicky diva boys. They thrive off that shit. they find one itsy bitsy tiny little thing they don't like/notice and say HEY LOOK GUISE! next thing you know 50 other simple minded fools all fall in line like a fucking hive mind and then you end up with bullshit like that about how there's "not enough gore ZOMG game broken!"

 

On the topic of the game being dumbed down for 5 year old eyes/ears? not even close, for one, this game is RIFE with sexual enuendos.

brkdwnxx
brkdwnxx

 @Thumbler76  @ragnar320 If you actually played BL2... you wouldn't give one half a shit about the cutback on gore. There's so much going on anyway, you'd never notice it.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @Thumbler76  @ragnar320 And if you have PhysX it is like the censorship never existed. Blood and gore EVERYWHERE.

 

Even rivers of shit.

ragnar320
ragnar320

 @Thumbler76  @Savior4Life

 which you can turn off in the opitions screen. BL2 is pretty cool and idk if a 5 year old should listen to those bandits talk about stuff