GTA 5 Is Nearing A Huge New Sales Milestone
GTA V continues to exceed expectations.
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Grand Theft Auto V, which was released four years and 10 months ago, is still doing huge business for Rockstar Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive.
The company announced today that GTA V has now shipped almost 100 million units. This is up fro the 95 million figure that Take-Two announced back in May. The game "outperformed" Take-Two's expectations during the quarter. Indeed, it continues to be a massive hit so long after launch, as it was the No. 3 best-selling game in the United States during June, outselling the new release The Crew 2 and other titles.
Not only is GTA V the base game doing well, but its GTA Online mode also did better than Take-Two expected. "Grand Theft Auto Online continued to exceed our expectations in the first quarter, as it has in every period since its release," Take-Two said.
Part of the reason why GTA Online has been and continues to be so successful is that Rockstar releases new content for it very frequently. The latest substantial update was GTA Online: After Hours, which Take-Two said "had a bigger week-one audience than last December's Doomsday Heist, which went on to be a record-breaking update."
Looking ahead, Take-Two said Rockstar plans to launch "much more innovative content" for the game in the weeks and months to come.
A big part of GTA Online is its microtransactions, and these have been performing extremely well. During an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said "recurrent consumer spending" i.e. microtransactions performed better-than-expected this quarter.
The next big release from Rockstar is Red Dead Redemption 2, which launches in October.