GTA 5 Just Reached An Astonishing Sales Milestone
GTA V is one of the most successful pieces of entertainment in human history.
A lot of the discussion surrounding Rockstar Games currently is understandably on Red Dead Redemption 2, but the studio's previous title is still selling very well. Grand Theft Auto V, which was initially released back in 2013, has now shipped more than 100 million units worldwide.
That's up from the 95 million figure that Take-Two announced back in May. GTA V passed 85 million units sold in November 2017, which at the time made it the "all-time best-selling video game" ever in the US, based on revenue and units sold, across digital and physical platforms.
The base game is just one way in which GTA V makes money. The game's multiplayer mode, GTA Online, is a significant revenue-driver thanks to its microtransactions. Take-Two reported this week that GTA Online yet again exceeded the publisher's expectations, which it has done every quarter since release five years ago. The game's microtransactions, labeled "recurrent consumer spending" by Take-Two, rose compared to the previous quarter but stayed flat year-over-year.
Rockstar Games has "much more" content for GTA Online planned for the future. That's notable because there was some question about how much more support the game would receive now that Red Dead Redemption 2 is out. That game's online mode, Red Dead Online, is set to launch later in November. In an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said it's too early to talk about the release schedule for new content in Red Dead Online, given that it hasn't launched yet. It was previously reported that the releases for GTA Online and Red Dead Online will be staggered.
GTA V was initially released for PS3 and Xbox 360 back in September 2013, before launching on PS4 and Xbox One in November 2014. The game then came to PC in April 2015.
A sixth Grand Theft Auto game is expected. Less than a month after GTA V was released, Rockstar said it had "some ideas" for GTA 6. A report from March 2016 stated that GTA 6 had entered production, and it's rumoured to be set in the United States, just like the previous games. Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser said GTA 6 would be tricky to make in today's political climate.