GTA 5 Nearing 100 Million Copies Sold, And GTA Online Is Still Making Big Money
Plus, Take-Two's top executive explains why GTA 5 remains to popular.
Grand Theft Auto V is phenomenally successful. The open-world PS4, Xbox One, and PC action game has now shipped 95 million copies, Rockstar parent company Take-Two announced during an earnings call today. That's up from the 90 million figure announced three months ago.
It is a tremendous result for Rockstar's game, which was already one of the highest-selling games in US history. The game regularly charts in the weekly and monthly top 10 sales charts in the US, UK, and Australia/New Zealand, which is incredible considering it came out in 2013. The game might have seen a bump recently due to the launch of the GTA V Premium Online Edition, which comes with the base game, an updated version of GTA Online, and extra in-game cash.
GTA Online mode is also performing well many years after release. For the latest quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, GTA Online did better than ever, exceeding Take-Two's expectations, the company said. However, Take-Two did not share any specific revenue or player figures for GTA Online.
GTA Online pulls in money from the microtransactions it offers. These are counted in Take-Two's "recurrent consumer spending category," which saw its performance grow year-over-year. Looking ahead, Take-Two management said GTA Online players can expect even more new content, with official and specific announcements coming later from Rockstar Games.
During an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick talked about why he thinks GTA V has been and continues to be incredibly successful.
"I think what Rockstar Games has uniquely shown the ability to do is to make the title easy to approach and difficult to master," he said. "You can approach Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online in any number of ways. If you're a hardcore gamer, you can find it super compelling. If you're somewhat more casual, you can find the experience super compelling. There is so much there now that you can very much define your own experience and create that for many, many hours of wonderful entertainment."
Rockstar's next big new release is Red Dead Redemption 2, which comes out in October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In other Take-Two news, the company announced today that a new 2K game--potentially Borderlands 3 or a new BioShock--has been delayed.