We all knew GTA V would be a juggernaut of sales, but I didn’t think it would be this massive. Today, Take Two Interactive (Rockstar’s parent company) announced that GTA V’s day one sales have exceeded $800 million dollars. To put this number into perspective, Halo 4’s day one sales were over $220 million, GTA IV’s were over $310 million, and Black Ops 2’s were $500 million. This makes Grand Theft Auto V the biggest gaming, and entertainment, launch in history. That $800,000,000 roughly translates to over 13 million copies of the game being sold on day one.
In the press release, Take Two’s CEO Strauss Zelenick said “All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence,”
Grand theft Auto V is currently only playable in single player, with it’s online component, Grand Theft Auto Online, launching on October 1st. I will have my review of the title up by the end of this week, but I’m betting most of you have already bought the game, and are currently playing it.
This reporter’s opinion: This is just plain amazing. Rockstar released a game to a perfect storm (in my opinion). There is little direct competition (unless you count Saints Row IV, but that was nearly a month ago), it’s been five years since the series saw a new title, the console install base is massive, and they released an amazing title. I’m currently plowing through the game, and it is simply tremendous. Bravo Rockstar, you deserve it.
by, Bobby Marquardt