Borderlands 2 ships 6 million

Gearbox Software's first-person shooter hits new sales milestone, Take-Two says it is one of its most important long-term franchises.

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Borderlands 2 has now shipped more than 6 million copies since launch in September, parent publisher Take-Two Interactive announced today. During a postearnings financial call today, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed the new sales milestone, up from 5 million at the end of October.

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Zelnick added that the Borderlands franchise is one of Take-Two's most important long-term properties, suggesting the company may be planning a series release for future platforms.

Borderlands 2 was a key contributor to Take-Two's bottom line this quarter, helping the company post a profit of $78.8 million for the three-month period ended December 31, up 148 percent over last year. In addition, the game's digital expansions helped Take-Two digital revenue rise 244 percent year-over-year.

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