Recently, Take-Two released a profit report related to the quarter that ended on September 30. Among the most important points, we find that Grand Theft Auto V is already the best selling game in the history of the United States.
According to the company, the game that debuted in September 2013 already has 85 million copies sold worldwide, counting physical and digital platforms. Recall that, initially, GTA V had a launch on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; A short time later it came to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. In May of this year, Take-Two reported that the game had 80 million units distributed and that it was the best-selling game in the United States since 1995.
Therefore, GTA V became the “all-time best-selling video game” in the United States, according to Take-Two. The Rockstar title has already surpassed Wii Sports, which sold 82.83 million units worldwide. Keep in mind that GTA V has been sold individually, while Wii Sports was part of the Wii bundle.
In general, Grand Theft Auto V is the third most sold title in the history of video games and is located behind Minecraft with 122 million copies sold and Tetris with 170 million units displaced. It seems difficult for GTA V to overcome these titles because next year’s attention will be diverted to Red Dead Redemption 2.
Obviously, the most attractive part for players is Grand Theft Auto Online, because according to Take-Two, this was the best quarter registered so far in terms of earnings, although no figure was revealed.
According to Take-Two, this quarter had revenues of $443.6 million, an increase considering that in the same period, but the previous year, they obtained $420.2 million. They highlighted the revenues of the category for “recurring consumer spending”, which includes microtransactions, virtual currency, and DLC, increased 66%, representing almost half -48%- of the total income of Take-Two during this quarter. The games that contributed most to this figure were NBA 2K17, GTA Online, GTA V, WWE SuperCard, WWE 2K17 and XCOM 2.
NBA 2K18 also had a successful launch, selling more than 6 million copies since its launch, 20% more than NBA 2K17. For its part, L.A. Noire has 7.5 million copies in stores, ready to be sold on November 14, the day that will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Regarding the future, the CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, commented that they expect the 2019 fiscal year to break all records thanks to Red Dead Redemption 2. This means that the new game of Rockstar could leave between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019.
“Looking ahead, we expect fiscal 2019 to be a record year for Net Bookings and net cash provided by operating activities led by the upcoming launches of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises,” Zelnick said. “We have a robust development pipeline and are better positioned than ever for long-term growth and margin expansion.”
What is the other game that Zelnick is talking about? The biggest 2K franchise that comes to mind is Borderlands, so the manager was probably talking about Borderlands 3. Will we see it in 2019? There is nothing official at the moment.