Rockstar titles have now shipped 250 million copies to date

Publishing label reaches new shipment milestone following release of Grand Theft Auto V.

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Rockstar Games titles have now accounted for more than 250 million lifetime shipments, parent publisher Take-Two Interactive announced during last night's earnings conference call.

This includes not only Grand Theft Auto games, but titles across Rockstar Games franchises like Max Payne, L.A. Noire, Bully, Midnight Club, and Red Dead, among others.

As you'd expect, the Grand Theft Auto franchise leads the way, having shipped 125 million copies before the launch of Grand Theft Auto V. When you factor in that game's 32.5 million shipped copies, the total is now at least 157.5 million units.

The Grand Theft Auto series is unique in the industry, as every new installment performs better than the last. This is because Take-Two has designed the series to be "permanent," CEO Strauss Zelnick said previously.

"Our view is it's hard to make permanent intellectual properties if you annualize it, with the exception of sports titles," Zelnick said in November 2012. "So far that's proven to be the case. IP that is annualized eventually seems to hit the wall and we don't want our IP to hit the wall."

Also during the earnings call, Take-Two management addressed GTAV for PC, with president Karl Slatoff saying, "At this point there is really nothing for us to say about that."

Discussion

22 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, at least we know the have more than enough $$ to make the next GTA and Red Dead.

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's not surprising that GTA accounts for 63 % of all copies they've shipped to date, that's all Rockstar has been known for, until lately. The new Max Payne game got some attention and Red Dead Redemption was a critical and commercial success, so they've proven they csn succeed without GTA, but a year without a GTA title will still not be a very successful year for them in comparison.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

& 500 million unaccounted pirated console copies sold by all the dodgy daves in the world at the market that everyone is so quick to forget.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

is this game coming to next gen or should I just buy it on PS3?!!

yoda101280
yoda101280

Yeah now they just need to port RDR to the PC and then make a sequel to it, that should get them over the 300 million mark. :)  Seriously though I really want a sequel.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

With such a record I'd say it's time for them to start laying-off people.

bfa1509
bfa1509

That would be like giving one in every 28 people in the world a Rockstar game.

mr_nee
mr_nee

First ever Take-Two game I can remeber myself playing is "Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller" on 3DO

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

i wouldn't mind having 90% of my money back for gta 5.  i got about 10% of the fun out of it that i thought i would before purchasing.  what a let down.

FKlepackiFTW
FKlepackiFTW

Shows that majority of people have the taste for trash.

19James89
19James89

I still remember playing GTA London on the PS1 back in 1999, who would have thought then that GTA would become this colossal franchise.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@king_wrecked Ha ha, yeah there wasn't nearly enough content to enjoy that would justify a $60 purchase.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@tightwad34 @bfa1509  Well, there are around 7 billion people in the world and 250 million goes into 7 billion 28 times. So if 250 million games were divided upon 7 billion people then 1 in every 28 people would get a game.