CEO of Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick, has stated that Grand Theft Auto V has shipped over 50 million copies worldwide and that the open-world sandbox title is still going strong in sales.
Nearly two years after its record-shattering launch, Grand Theft Auto 5 continues to outperform expectations. On April 14, Rockstar Games brought this groundbreaking title to PC with a number of enhancements, generating stellar reviews and strong digitally delivered sales.In addition, we benefited from ongoing demand for the console versions of Grand Theft Auto 5, particularly as the installed bases of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One expand.
Zelnick also attributed the huge success and revenue to the success of Grand Theft Auto Online.
Grand Theft Auto Online was once again the single largest contributor, as Rockstar Games has driven sustained engagement through the ongoing release of free content updates, most recently The Ill-Gotten Gains updates Part One and Part Two, which were launched in June and July respectively.
Roughly 70% of Internet-connected Grand Theft Auto 5 users have played Grand Theft Auto Online. And the active user base continues to grow with average monthly active users for calendar 2015 to-date up more than 40% versus calendar 2014.
It should also be mentioned that Grand Theft Auto V has benefited from multiple, well-publicized releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and the addition of a first-person mode in those versions certainly helped to generate additional sales.
While not terribly surprising, this is certainly good news for Rockstar, and it looks like the momentum isn’t going to stop any time soon.