And you thought Call of Duty: Ghosts was going to be the best selling game of 2013. Well, Take-Two quickly dethroned the reigning video game king and stole the top of the charts with last year’s smash sensation, Grand Theft Auto V.
Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick has reported that the game has sold 32.5 million units worldwide, making it clearly the biggest video game of the year.
The 32.5 million copies puts it in a very small class of video games that have crossed the 30 million mark. It already has a full seven million unit lead over the best selling Call of Duty: Black Ops and finds itself in the company of New Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart Wii and Minecraft as the biggest selling games of the previous generation.
Take-Two also claims that 70 percent of Grand Theft Auto V players have at least tried Grand Theft Auto Online.
With the success of the game, publisher Take-Two has scored a massive $1.86 billion in revenue over the course of Q3 in 2014. Success was also found in NBA 2K14, which sold 5 million copies and became the company’s best selling basketball game ever, and with its digital distribution which grew 42 percent over the previous year.
Borderlands 2, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K accounted for $132.8 million through digital distribution.
The $1.86 billion figure is a massive leap over the previous year’s Q3 results, which only showed $415.77 million. Such a huge jump can only give Take-Two the label as the best video game publisher of 2013, and 2014 is almost as exciting. Don’t expect these numbers two years in a row without Grand Theft Auto on the line, but the company has plenty to look forward to this coming year.
“Looking ahead, we have a robust pipeline of both new intellectual properties and offerings from our proven franchises in development,” says Strauss. “Including more than 10 unique titles for the next-generation consoles.”
The most interesting of these games is Evolve, a 4 person co-op shooter from the makers of Left 4 Dead in which four players team up to bring down a massive fifth-player controlled beast.