Some games have players that hang around until the next installment releases a year later. Other games are played for a month or two, and are then retired onto bookshelves and external hard drives. Then you have Grand Theft Auto, with devoted fans that keep the game alive years after its initial release.
Since the record breaking Grand Theft Auto V was released nearly three years ago, profits from the game have steadily climbed. The implementation of online DLC has been a cash cow for Rockstar Games as well. The game has done so well that it broke eight Guinness World Records right after its release:
- best-selling video game in 24 hours
- best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours
- highest grossing video game in 24 hours
- fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
- fastest video game to gross $1 billion
- highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
- most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game
Even though the game has been in circulation for almost three years, it is still in high demand. On Wednesday, Take-Two discussed the game during their latest earnings briefing:
“Grand Theft Auto V has shipped 65 million copies to retailers since it release back in 2013. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the last 3 Call of Duty games combined and roughly the same as the entire Halo franchise.”
This is epic. We all know GTA to be a ridiculously popular game series, but when you compare these figures to other big hitters such as Halo and Call of Duty, it’s even more impressive.
GTA Online will also be getting some “massive, feature-rich” content within the next few months as well, but nothing specific has been spilled yet. Fans have also been aching for more single player content updates, but it is to be determined when, or if, that will happen.