Take-Two has announced that Grand Theft Auto 5 has shipped an eye-watering 80 million copies since its release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013.
The critically acclaimed open-world crime opus has consistently remained a strong performer for the publishing giant since launch, and continues to remain a firm fixture videogame charts around the world. The figure is even more impressive considering GTA 5 had reached 75 million shipments in February 2017, making it clear the game is showing no signs of slowing down.
Speaking during Take-Two’s latest financial call, the company’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, noted that both GTA 5 and GTA Online "outperformed [Take-Two’s] expectations during the fourth quarter as they have in every period since they released." He also said that developer Rockstar Games is planning “much more” for GTA Online in terms of future updates, and praise GTA 5 for being the "standard bearer for creative excellence" in the industry.
GTA 5 was a massive success upon its launch, surpassing lifetime sales of Grand Theft Auto 4 in the U.K. within just three weeks. The game generated a whopping $800 million in just 24 hours, becoming the fastest-selling video game of all time and the U.K.’s best-selling game ever. GTA 5’s success prompted Rockstar to release the game for PS4 and Xbox One the following year, which boasted a number of improvements, including enhanced visuals and a new first-person view.
Unsurprisingly, the current-generation versions of GTA 5 performed extremely well, with Take-Two confirming they had sold-in a combined total of 10 million units by February 2015. Sadly, it appears that plans for GTA 5 single-player DLC have been scrapped, with Rockstar instead focusing its efforts in growing GTA Online. Not exactly a shocker, considering back in late 2015 it was confirmed that the online multiplayer crime caper was regularly attracting eight million players per week.
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