Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the publisher behind Grand Theft Auto V, released its 2016 Financial Report yesterday and it shows that the game has now sold-in a staggering 80 million copies.
It’s important to note that “sold-in” means the number of units that have gone to retailers, and does not necessarily mean purchased by the end user.
After the announcement that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until Spring 2018, this is just the type of news that investors would want to hear. The report mentions that “Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online have exceeded our expectations in every quarter since their release. Moreover, engagement with Grand Theft Auto Online continues to increase, with fiscal 2016 revenues up year-over-year driven by Rockstar Games’ ongoing release of free content.”
Even more incredibly, the GTA V juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down just yet; Take-Two released Q3 figures in February 2017 which had the number at 75 million copies, meaning that 5 million more units have been shipped in the last few months alone. Not bad at all for a game that originally released on the last generation of consoles in 2013.