Yes, it’s August 2021 and we’re still writing headlines and articles centered around Grand Theft Auto V.
After first being released in September of 2013, we’re sure even Take-Two and Rockstar Games themselves are shocked that their ambitious, groundbreaking action-adventure game, now nearly a decade old and having traversed two console generations (soon to be three) is still so widely played and firmly entrenched in the gaming zeitgeist. And with recent news that GTA V PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades are on their way this November, we’re likely to see yet another resurgence for the enduring game.
Publisher Take-Two revealed another milestone for the title during their Q1 2020 earnings report on Monday morning — namely, that Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 150 million copies.
“For nearly eight years, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online have redefined the creative and cultural influence of interactive entertainment,” Chairman and CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick said in the earnings call, “setting new standards for multiple generations of consumers and gaming platforms. Sales of Grand Theft Auto V were significantly above our expectations once again, and the title has now sold in more than 150 million units.”
Zelnick also expressed sentiments of confidence in how the next-gen upgrades of Grand Theft Auto V would perform, adding that the games wouldn’t be “simple port[s]” of the best-selling original.
“It was a standard-bearer when it was launched, it continued to be the standard-bearer in the second generation, we’ll see how Grand Theft Auto does in the next generation. Obviously, I’m confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can’t do that if you’re just doing a simple port.”
Are you surprised that Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 150 million copies, making it the second-best selling title in video game history behind Minecraft? Let us know in the comments.