If you were wondering why Grand Theft Auto V is getting another version for Xbox Series X|S, then Take-Two's recent earning's call will undoubtedly shed some light. The simple fact is that the game has managed to shift 145 million copies since its launch in 2013 and continues to grow through GTA Online.
In the earning's call Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two's chairman and chief executive officer, revealed the gargantuan figure that Grand Theft Auto V has managed to achieve since its launch. Zelnick even stated that the game's sales surpassed their own expectations.
"Sales of Grand Theft Auto V also surpassed our expectations. And to date, the title has sold in more than 145 million units worldwide."
GTA Online also saw huge growth last year, after an array of free updates such as the Cayo Perico Heist. Despite the game being 8 years old, there still seems to be a massive amount of growth happening, especially within the online segment of the game.
"We see a significant opportunity to grow the franchise further as we provide unique and innovative experiences throughout the game. Once again, Rockstar Games' iconic Grand Theft Auto series exceeded our expectations, expanded its audience, and set new benchmarks in fiscal 2021. Driven by an array of new free content updates and sustained interest in last holidays, Cayo Perico Heist, Grand Theft Auto Online benefited from strong engagement trends during the fourth quarter, including a record number of active players and the second-highest quarter of recurrent consumer spending on record.
"For the full year, participation levels reached an all-time high from both new and returning players and recurrent consumer spending grew 31%, achieving a new annual record."
Red Dead Redemption 2 also appears to be boasting strong results for Take-Two, as the game is said to have sold 37 million units worldwide since its launch in 2018. Much like GTA Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2 appears to be showcasing huge growth, especially in the last quarter which saw the standalone release of the online segment of the game.
There was no talk, or even hints towards a new Grand Theft Auto entry during the call. That's not to say it isn't happening, but Take-Two seem to be fairly happy with the performance of both entries that it wouldn't be all too surprising if it's a while before we see the next entry. No matter what your stance on Grand Theft Auto V is, there's no denying the impact its had on the gaming market and these figures represent that.
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