Tired of hearing about Grand Theft Auto V? Well tell yourself there’s no reason for Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games to stop talking about it.
Indeed, in lifting the veil on its financial results for the last quarter of fiscal year 2022, Take-Two indicated that at least five million additional copies of Grand Theft Auto V had been sold in the first three months of this year! Thus, even if this is a game of another generation, GTA V continues to replenish the company’s treasury.
To give you an idea of the popularity of the game, it is estimated that over 165 million copies have been sold since the release of the original editions! In total, the Grand Theft Auto franchise represents 370 million game sales, unsurprisingly making it one of the most popular and profitable video games in history.
However, while GTA V’s popularity continues unabated, it cannot be said that Take-Two envisioned such a dire scenario for the entire Grand Theft Auto: The Definitive Edition trilogy. Indeed, the latter represents a big flop as it hasn’t surpassed the one million copies sold mark since the start of the year. The sloppy work on the re-releases of this set, as well as the many problems that affected its launch, greatly disappointed Grand Theft Auto enthusiasts, who were used to the much higher quality of the franchise’s titles. Nothing to stimulate sales, the mobile version of the set is delayed and should be released by March 31st.
Also, while Grand Theft Auto Online continues to make huge daily profits, the same cannot be said for Red Dead Online. So, despite Red Dead Redemption 2 selling 44 million copies worldwide, Rockstar Games couldn’t develop an online experience as complete and compelling as Grand Theft Auto’s. As a reminder, Red Dead Online’s last major update was released over a year ago, so players have little reason to return to the ultra-competitive world of multiplayer gaming.
However, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that more content is being developed for Red Dead Online. He acknowledged the disappointment of the players, urging them to be patient while waiting for news from Rockstar Games.