Take-Two Interactive's full-year earnings call has given us some interesting insights. Having confirmed that Gearbox Software is planning to launch a new franchise before April 2022, they also revealed the latest sales figures for Grand Theft Auto V.
Having launched in 2013, GTA V's held some tremendous longevity and as confirmed by CEO Strauss Zelnick, its surpassed their own forecasts, stating:
Sales of Grand Theft Auto V also surpassed our expectations. And to date, the title has sold in more than 145 million units worldwide
Grand Theft Auto V Has Sold 145 Million Copies Since Launch
Having reached 145 million sales, it's now comfortably in second place for the best-selling individual game of all-time, beating EA's Tetris offering at 100 million. However, it's got leagues to go before reaching Mojang's juggernaut Minecraft, which remains comfortable at 200 million.
As part of this call, Zelnick also attributed part of this success to GTA Online, confirming:
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.
With PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions coming this November, Rockstar's acclaimed entry shows no signs of slowing down. There's still no news on GTA VI plans but 20th anniversary plans for GTA III were recently announced, with rumours suggesting they'll release a remastered edition.