The popular open-world video game Grand Theft Auto V under Rockstar Games has done it again as it hit a remarkable record in copies sold amounting to 150 million as reported by parent company Take-Two Interactive.
The updated figure was released as part of Take-Two’s 2022 Q1 earnings results on Monday stating that Grand Theft Auto V had sold over 150 million copies to date, which is not so surprising given the fact that the game has a very large fanbase.
Originally released in September 2013, GTA V reached $1 billion in retail sales faster than any entertainment release in history, according to Take-Two. It is also the best-selling game of the decade in the US, in both unit and dollar sales, based on data from research firm the NPD Group.
Reports about another GTA game coming to light are still far off and yet the current Grand Theft Auto V, which has been in existence for nearly eight years now continues to sell more copies and this could double once it is re-released for the current generation consoles.
GTA V is getting a re-release for Xbox Series X and PS5 soon and is set for this November including a standalone release for GTA Online. Reports about GTA VI continue to float around and there’s a possibility it could 2025 release.
Rockstar Games has also confirmed that the new version of GTA V will get exclusive updates, though we are not sure how long they will last or at what scale they will be.
In total, GTA V has sold over 350 million copies and people continue to play the game on various platforms such as PC, PS4 and Xbox X. The online aspect of the game has also been its biggest selling factor that has attracted millions of players online.
Grand Theft Auto V surpasses 150 million sales
According to Screen Rant, out of the 11 games in the entire series, Grand Theft Auto V makes up roughly 42% of the entire franchise’s sales. It has made more money for Rockstar than previous titles and the company seems contented on milking more out of it.
Commenting on the next-gen versions of GTA V in March, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said he was confident the remaster would deliver a strong experience for players.
“We’ve done great with the Mafia series, for example, and Grand Theft Auto [V] is now heading into its third generation which is incredible,” he said.
“It was a standard-bearer when it was launched, it continued to be the standard-bearer in the second generation, we’ll see how Grand Theft Auto does in the next generation. Obviously, I’m confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can’t do that if you’re just doing a simple port.”
Grand Theft Auto V is still the second best-selling game of all time, just behind Minecraft and ahead of Tetris. Rockstar sees no reason to rush into revealing the next title which is considered to be four years away from release.
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