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Grand Theft Auto 5 reaches worldwide retail sales of more than $1 billion in three days

Friday, 20 September 2013 17:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Take-Two today announced that Grand Theft Auto 5 has achieved worldwide retail sales of more than $1 billion during its first three days on sale.

This is according to internal estimates from the company.

“We believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two.

“Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment. We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto 5.”

Released on September 17, GTA 5 first day sales hit $800 million, according to Take Two’s internal estimates and the game holds the record for biggest UK games launch by moving 1.57 million units in 24 hours.

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25 Comments

  1. jp24fan

    In other news, console gaming is dead, videogame retail is dead and AAA+ games are dead. :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dark

    Well deserved.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Se_7_eN

    Very well deserved, really happy for Rockstar and Take-Two.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    Absolutely fantastic, each day that i play it i’m more and more amazed. In graphics sense it enters next-gen territory at many times and in some aspects tops current upcoming next-gen games.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Sini

    Trevor Philips Industries forges ahead.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. hives

    I don’t think that “OMG GAME OF THE GENERATION IF U DONT LIKE SOMETHING IN GTA 5 UR STUPID”… :P

    But hell, I’m enjoying it, the best GTA ever IMO. Has it’s flaws of course, but one of the best games this year. And I’m happy that Rockstar and Take-Two will be able to make more and more of great games.

    If they will announce RDR2 some time in the future, I’ll die of happines :D

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    That or Bully 2!!!!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. AlchemyFire

    I would really like to know, just purely out of curiosity, how much higher that figure be if they had released it simultaneously on PC. Were Rockstar being too short sighted?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. SuperGamerDude

    This game is absolutely killin’ it (no pun intended btw). Not even the movie industry can hold a candle to the amount of money this has pulled in… Impressive.

    The only game to surpass this – sales wise – is probably it’s sequel.

    Welll done Rockstar… You deserve it.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. ShiiRo

    @8 No, they weren’t. Why? Because many of the same people that have bought the PS3/360 versions will upgrade to the PC and potentially the PS4/Xbox One versions when they’re inevitably released. So through double dipping they’ll make more money than they would’ve had they released the PC version day 1.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. bobnice

    Did GTA5 just knock call of dookie off of its high horse?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. drewbles82

    Only thing missing for me is custom soundtrack. Did it for the PC and first xbox but still not on the 360. I know you can play your music but its not the same when it comes out your cars speakers.
    Still not found one song i like.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. NightCrawler1970

    @12, yes they did…

    #13 1 year ago
  14. JavelinX

    DAMN!!! Poor Kojima.
    V > V.
    At this point he should make a real MGS not that splinter solid shit he showed.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. nikk900

    @10 Take this for what it’s worth, but I spoke to a Take Two rep and he said They will release GTAV on next gen after they make the ultimate/goty edition on current gen and said it will be sometime next summer. He also said it would be download only but things could change.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. wildBoar

    @8 More like they were very smart about it. If they released on PC simontaneously console owners would get the icessant nagging about it being “the graphically inferior version of the game” from media, PC etc, and that can really put people off giving it a try.
    Talking about platform differencies and “bad versions” is essentially de-hype.

    + now they’ve set themselves up for a GTA:Los Santos edition or whatever, for PC, PS4, X1, they’ll add a fuckton of new content and polish without having to build a new engine or any of that hassle, and we’ll all buy it twice essentially.

    It’s Rockstar.. They fucking know how to make bank.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. mistermogul

    Fully deserved.

    This has put right all that I didn’t like about GTA4 and I love the interaction between the characters not to mention the sheer scale and detail. Awesome.

    The world is a better place with games like this!

    #17 1 year ago
  18. CaptPierce

    5 years and over $250 million spent, it was worth every penny of every second. Shows you can make a big profit off a blockbuster franchise without churning out a new game every damn year. It innovated and stepped up in just about every conceivable way. well deserved, Rockstar!

    #18 1 year ago
  19. DuckOfDestiny

    I said this in another news post a few days ago, but Rockstar are a shining gem in a sea of shit.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. sebastien rivas

    A true AAA in all its essence and the way it should be for all.

    A pure example that many should take into account

    #20 1 year ago
  21. CPC_RedDawn

    Right now I am not defending COD but dont forget that those games have come out every year since 2007 and each has made close to or exceeded $1 billion in sales revenue and I bet Activision never spent anywhere near the amount of money Rocksrar spent on GTAV. Sure GTAV is a much more comolex and bigger game to make but still if your going by success COD is sadly still king for continuing to make so much money each and every year l despite the amount of bashing going on online it still sells and sells extremely well. Wheather it takes 3 days or two weeks to reach $1billion in sales means nothing when your game will be over shadowed in a few months by other big hitting games, new consoles, etc.

    Also whoever thinks this game looks good graphically must have something seriously wrong with their eyes. The thing is a jaggied mess low textures sinking framerates and horrible texture popping and some seriously weak loading times. It took the game nearly five minutes to load for me the other day.

    If your talking gameplay it self its outstanding, the world map is a little small for my liking seen as 90% of it is just mountains and forests.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. DSB

    @21 Good point, but I don’t think sales matter all that much.

    CoD and GTA both sell because they have universal appeal. You’d have to be dead not to get your pulse up playing those games.

    But GTA V is really quite something. I’m actually surprised by how much I like it. It’s like they took the style of Gay Tony and then actually turned the absurdity up. Which is exactly what needed to happen.

    I thought the Housers were too stuck in their own hype to ever realize that. Pleasant surprise!

    Spot on about the graphics. Anyone calling that next-gen hasn’t touched a PC in a while (no offence Moonwalker!) :P

    #22 1 year ago
  23. CPC_RedDawn

    @22 Finally someone with some sense on this site :)

    #23 1 year ago
  24. solien

    hy

    #24 1 year ago
  25. nofil

    This game would is AWESOME but could have been 100% more if you could play your OWN music on your car speakers…. You can do it the other way, but via car speaker is something else…..

    #25 1 year ago

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    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

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  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

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  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

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  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]