Take-Two Interactive is the last company to announce its financial results for the previous quarter. Grand Theft Auto V has again sold an impressive number of units. In fact, GTA V has now shifted so many copies that it has sold more than the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise put together.
The success of GTA V
Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 160 million copies, and those numbers are only likely to grow with the release of GTA V on PS5 on March 15. The game remains the fastest “entertainment release” to ever reach $1 billion in retail sales and remains the best-selling game of the decade in the US both in terms of unit sales and dollar sales.
To put these numbers in context, Jason Schreier provided the latest figures for some of the other best-selling franchises. The entire Assassin’s Creed franchise had sold 155 million copies, although that figure is more than a year old as of November 2020. As of December 2021, the Resident Evil franchise had sold 123 million copies. In fact, GTA V has sold nearly as many copies as the Final Fantasy franchise combined, with the latter shifting 164 million units as of September 2021. So how does the Grand Theft Auto franchise compare? Well, the GTA series has now sold over 370 million units.
Last year was also an “excellent year” for GTA Online, matching the previous record monthly audience size of 2020. This was likely fueled by the continuous updates throughout the year, the most recent of which has added new story content called The Contract. This game will also attract a new audience when it releases as a standalone version on March 15th.
In other news, Haven Studios was asked to pitch three games to Sony for consideration. Sony liked them so much that they offered to fund them all, but Haven decided they would be better off starting with just one game. Elsewhere, The Wolf Among Us 2 is getting a behind-the-scenes stream later this week.