Rockstar sure knows how to kick off a new year. January was an extremely strong month for the guys behind GTA V and they’re showing no sign of slowing down any time soon. GTA 5 has somehow managed to stay in the current top five games constantly without dropping off ever since launch. The number of records broken by this one game is astounding. Rockstar sure had the right idea when they spread out the launch dates of the various ports – those intervals guaranteed the game’s longevity at the financial peak.
Typically the top-five best selling games can be easily predicted in the AAA sphere. The big-name, over-hyped titles always switch each other out. Whenever a Call of Duty, Battlefield, FIFA or Assassin’s Creed game is launch, it’s bound to hold the spot for a while until the next over-marketed big budget title drops. However somehow GTA V managed to defy the unwritten laws of the AAA industry and it never surrendered its position. Hell, it went up.
This is the third consecutive January where Grand Theft Auto V was a Top 5 title. Astonishingly, the game has moved up in ranking placement from fifth place in January 2014, to third in January 2015 and to the second-best selling game in January 2016.
The above quote comes from an NDP Group analyst and they’re hard to impress. The NDP is known for disregarding digital sales, which in today’s world is a significant oversight. Add to this the fact that GTA V has sold over 60 million copies since launch and those figures might change a tad. The only game that outsold GTA V in January was Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Because of course it did. If the game’s sales keep up the pace GTA V just might become the best selling video game of all time before it’s taken out of circulation.
How many sales have you contributed to GTA V’s portfolio? We ask since some players are known to re-buy games for multiple platforms.