GTA 5 Has Sold More Than 140 Million Copies

Rockstar's open-world western Red Dead Redemption 2 has also been a big-seller, moving more than 36 million copies.

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Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a huge success for Rockstar and Take-Two. During the publisher's latest financial earnings call, Take-Two revealed that GTA V has now sold more than 140 million copies--a number that will likely only continue to grow when the game comes to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S later this year.

Despite being more than seven years old at this point, 2020 was GTA V's single best year since launch. Take-Two said "more copies of Grand Theft Auto V" were sold last year than any other year since 2013, when the title first launched on PS3 and Xbox 360. Recurrent consumer spending--Take-Two's terminology for in-game purchases--for Grand Theft Auto Online grew 28% year-over-year, outperforming the company's third-quarter forecast.

Grand Theft Auto V continues to receive a regular stream of updates to its GTA Online mode. Back in December, Rockstar rolled out the big Cayo Perico Heist update, which introduced the titular heist as well as a new island location, a new nightclub, new vehicles and weapons, and more.

GTA Online is undoubtedly a big reason for GTAV's continued success. According to Take-Two, the online mode "had more players in every month and for the entirety of calendar 2020 than in any other year since its launch." Take-Two said last year "also marked Grand Theft Auto Online's highest participation rate ever by both new players and reactivated players." Rockstar will be releasing a standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online later this year on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Grand Theft Auto V wasn't Rockstar's only big seller. During the same call, Take-Two also revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has now sold more than 36 million units, and its online component, Red Dead Online, had "more players, including more new players, in the month of December than in any other month since its beta launch in 2018." Take-Two says Rockstar will continue to support both GTA Online and Red Dead Online with updates in 2021 and beyond.

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