Take-Two showed a decline during Q2 FY15, ended September 30, with net revenue of $126.3 million compared to $148.8 million the prior year. The firm still beat expectations thanks to continued sales of GTA 5 and other titles in its catalog.
Take Two also announced sales for GTA 5 on last-gen consoles.
In a call to investors this evening, the firm’s CEO Strauss Zelnick said GTA 5 has sold 34 million units on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined, lifetime but this figure isn’t any different than what was announced in August.
Granted, those were shipped numbers, so it appears the company has sold the stock it shipped to stores. The firm also wants to have more market saturation with the title, thus the release on current-gen titles and PC.
“In terms of GTA 5, obviously, having sold something like 34 million units for what is now a prior gen, we know we’re attracting a very significant core gamer audience and we also attracted people who are not core gamers,” said Zelnick. “But we don’t think we had 100% market share of everyone who had platforms, and so we do think there’s an opportunity for people who haven’t yet enjoyed the title to enjoy it for next gen.
“Equally, when you do go buy a new platform, it seems to me that it would be very exciting to have one of the most important titles in the industry. We’re immensely proud of the achievements of the Rockstar team for GTA, and we’re anxiously awaiting the November [current-gen] release. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Digitally-delivered content came in at $89.8 million, compared to $105.5 million for the year-ago period, with the largest contributors being the Grand Theft Auto series, the NBA 2K franchise, Borderlands 2, and Sid Meier’s Civilization 5.
Zelnick also said during the call to investors this evening that 60% of the firm’s digital revenue came from DLC and in-game currency with GTA Online being the largest contributor.
NBA 2K15 was the highest-rated sports game released this year on PlayStation 4, according to the firm, and had the strongest launch in the history of the series with first week sell-in and sell-through across all platforms.
Evolve, which is planned for a global launch on February 10, was also name dropped with the Big Alpha being mentioned as a highlight.
The Alpha will be live on Xbox One from October 30 – November 2, followed by limited access on PlayStation 4 and PC from October 31 through November 2.