The phenomenally successful Grand Theft Auto V has shipped more than 32.5 million copies, Take-Two Interactive announced during its third quarter results yesterday.
Take-Two, publishers of Grand Theft Auto V, announced that the open world action-adventure game shipped more than 32.5 million copies, making it the best-selling video game of 2013.
Launching on September 17th, GTA V became the biggest entertainment launch in history breaking $800 million in sales just 24 hours after release and further breaking $1 billion just two days later, beating records set by The Avengers and Avatar.
Critically acclaimed worldwide for its immersive world and engaging story, GTA V has currently won four Game of the Year awards and is currently nominated for a further two. The game also broke seven Guinness World Records, outsold its predecessor GTA IV and beat The Last of Us as the biggest digital release on PlayStation.
Labelling their third quarter results as “strong”, Take-Two also revealed to MCV that the online multiplayer mode for GTA V, GTA Online, is primarily responsible for leading their growth in digitally-delivered revenues as 70% of GTA V players have played GTA Online.
Whilst GTA V was the main contributor to Take-Two’s results, the company pointed out that strong sales of WWE 2K14 and NBA 2K14 also contributed to the results.
“Take-Two’s business continued to outperform expectations significantly during the fiscal third quarter,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, in the company’s report.
“Our results were driven by robust holiday demand for Grand Theft Auto V, the franchise record-breaking launch of NBA 2K14, the successful release of WWE 2K14, and strong growth in digitally-delivered revenues led by Grand Theft Auto Online. Take-Two was the top video game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group, underscoring our positive momentum over the past year.
“As a result of our third quarter performance, we have once again raised our revenue and earnings outlook for fiscal 2014, which is poised to be a record year for Take-Two.”