It’s not exactly a secret that GTA V has been a successful game. The latest addition to its success is the announcement, taken from Take-Two’s earning report for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2014, that 32.5 million copies of GTA V have shipped since it was released. While copies shipped don’t equate to copies sold, the game earned approximately $1 billion in only the first three days after its release, and NPD’s data says it was the highest-selling game in 2013.
To put the numbers in even better perspective, Take-Two pointed out that the entire NBA 2K series has only shipped 35 million units. That means GTA V alone has almost shipped as many units as a 15-game series. Pretty impressive.
Additionally, Take-Two’s report showed that they had a net revenue of $1.86 billion in the quarter. Sales of GTA V led the way, with NBA 2K14 and WWE 2K14 also bringing in strong sales. In particular, NBA 2K14 shipped over 5 million copies. While that doesn’t come near GTA V’s impressive number, it is the best-selling game in the series.
Digital sales brought in $132.8 million, a 42% increase from the previous fiscal year’s third quarter. The GTA and NBA 2K series made up a significant chunk of the digital sales as well, along with Borderlands 2 and Bioshock Infinite.
Take-Two’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, also mention that they have numerous games in development, “including more than 10 unique titles for the next-generation consoles.” Could this be a tease for GTA V on Xbox One and PS4?
We can’t be sure yet, but whether it is or not, Take-Two has a number of successful, exciting franchises, and we’ll be looking forward to what they have to offer in the future.