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Grand Theft Auto V continues to dominate at 70 million shipped copies

by Ron Duwell | November 3, 2016November 3, 2016 7:00 am PDT

I always knew that Grand Theft Auto V was going to be huge, but I never expected it to be this huge! Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick addressed the sales figures of the game in his company’s most recent financial conference call, and he confirmed himself that Grand Theft Auto V shipped 70 million copies worldwide.

That covers all five versions of the game: the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Grand Theft Auto V held firm at 65 million copies when we last checked in back in May. 5 million copies over a six month period for a three-year-old video game is nothing to scoff at.

Zelnick also reported that Grand Theft Auto Online hasn’t peaked yet, and it continues to grow on a yearly basis.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will try to match GTA‘s success


Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 is back in the public eye, naturally, the world is going to be watching and waiting to see if Rockstar can duplicate Grand Theft Auto V’s unprecedented success.

I’m going to say that it can’t. Not that the game will be of a lesser quality that Grand Theft Auto V, but rather because Grand Theft Auto V simply has stronger value to its name.

It also benefited from perfect timing that matched up with a console generation shift. The game was already a huge success on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the PC version helped send that into overdrive. And this all happened before Grand Theft Auto V ever came to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, where it saw even more success.

If Red Dead Redemption 2 wants to match those numbers, it needs a delayed PC release at the very least. No generation shift is on the horizon either, so that is out. It’ll be a wildly successful game and score massive praise around the gaming community, but just not on the level that Grand Theft Auto V saw.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...