Grand Theft Auto has always been a huge seller, but I think even Rockstar have been taken aback at how incredibly well the latest installment has sold. And that’s even before the much anticipated, maybe real PC version has been released.
Let’s take a little trip back in time and take a look at the sales figures for Grand Theft Auto IV.
GTA IV was released on the 29th of April 2008 and immediately took the new world record for day one sales by selling 3.6 million units on the first day. Two years later the title had sold 15 million units increasing to 22 million by September 2011. So Rockstar had a target of 22 million in total sales to beat over 3 years which is quite a daunting task for most companies, but then again Rockstar aren’t most companies.
Fast forward to September 2013 and GTA V hits retail shelves and smashes the previous world record by selling 11.2 million copies on the first day nearly hitting the 2 year mark of its predecessor already. Fast forward another 4 months and VGChartz is now reporting combined GTA V sales of 29 832 889 for the end of December, add the first few days of 2014 and we can pretty much confirm that GTA V has now broken the 30 million mark and the game is still yet to land on the PC.
It’s no accident that the game has sold so well, we voted it the best game of 2013 and second best game of the last generation. With tons of DLC, and possible next-gen versions and a PC version to come I wouldn’t be surprised to see GTA V break the 50 million mark in this generation which is nothing less than the game itself deserves.
Last Updated: January 8, 2014