Grand Theft Auto V sells nearly 29 million copies in first six weeks

Most people in the game industry knew that Grand Theft Auto V would be a huge hit when it was released by Rockstar Games in September, but almost no one expected that the latest entry in the open world crime action series would generate the kinds of sales numbers that it has made. Today, Rockstar Games' parent company Take Two Interactive announced GTA V has now sold nearly 29 million copies in its first six weeks on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

Take Two's press release states that GTA V's sales have now exceeded the lifetime console sales of its previous entry GTA IV. Take Two did not break down just how many units were sold for each console. It did say that the digital download version of the PS3 version on the PlayStation Network "became the biggest release ever on the platform" and that the Xbox 360 digital download via Games On Demand "became the highest grossing day 1 and week 1 release in the platform’s history."

Take Two also announced that for its third quarter 2013 financial numbers, it generated $1.27 billion in revenue compared to $288 million for the same period a year ago. Net income came in at $325.6 million for the quarter compared to $10.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Rockstar Games launched Grand Theft Auto Online for free to GTA V owners at the beginning of October, but the online multiplayer service got hit with server issues quickly which Rockstar has since tried to fix with title updates. The developer is already working on new content for GTA Online, including the upcoming Beach Bum pack in early November which will add beach-themed vehicles to the game along with new weapons, jobs, and additional customization extras.

Source: Take Two Interactive | Image via Rockstar Games

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Now if they use that money to add more content DLC like more hours of radio, chatterbox is my favorite but I'm getting tired of only three shows.

Good for Rockstar, definitely an improvement over 4 but I already sold back my copy. Beat single player and not into MP games.

GTAV is worth every cent. No other game even comes close to the amount of detail they have built in this world.

Sure Tomb Raider, and Last of Us were great games, but as a open world, GTAV nailed it, hands down.

What do you expect. This is my favorite game for a reason. Just release it for PC already! I want quality gaming!

Funnily enough I had two friends on my XBL friends list who were playing 3 days before release as they informed me that they aquired it without paying - but we'll just ignore piracy happens on any platform though.

I suspect it's because it's just plain awesome. They really kicked it up several notches this time around. I think Breaking Bad had a lot of influence on the characters.

Spicoli said,
I suspect it's because it's just plain awesome. They really kicked it up several notches this time around. I think Breaking Bad had a lot of influence on the characters.

I'm hoping for some more Meth involvement, would be cool to be able to have a Meth cooking mini-game and be able to have it be sold etc, have other online players attack your Meth Lab or dealers etc in minigames.

Im also hoping for a Zombie DLC, theres so many Zombie hints in the game, if they do a DLC I hope for online modes.

McKay said,

I'm hoping for some more Meth involvement, would be cool to be able to have a Meth cooking mini-game and be able to have it be sold etc, have other online players attack your Meth Lab or dealers etc in minigames.

Im also hoping for a Zombie DLC, theres so many Zombie hints in the game, if they do a DLC I hope for online modes.

Zombies would be reasonably cool. Meth cooking? Well only if Rockstar really want to be beaten up in public as the reason for yet another of society's ills....

blerk said,

Zombies would be reasonably cool. Meth cooking? Well only if Rockstar really want to be beaten up in public as the reason for yet another of society's ills....

Rockstar have been the whipping boy for all "video Games are evil" for years to come, they even stirred it up themselves for publicity back in GTA 2 etc, and they take it in their strides. I don't think they care what hippies posting think about it, they know their fanbase and normal people know it's not real.

Breaking Bad certainly got away fine with it

Do hippies know how to use computers? Rockstar has moved well beyond the old mayhem games. L.A. Noire was sophisticated and so is GTA5. I loved when they joked about the father being exasperated about this son that just sits around, plays video games, and EATS! It reminds me of when the Beatles did "She's Leaving Home" and everyone was stunned they took a parent's point of view. Yes, I'm old.

I didn't say they criticize every single Rockstar game, I was referring to the GTA series. Pretty much every GTA game has had a fuss kicked up over it, usually by people who don't actually play video games. Rockstar always use this as free publicity. And sane, normal people laugh at these people and continue gaming.

Spicoli said,
Not for me. I've never liked zombie games. Boring opponents whose only advantage is numbers.

It's not the zombie themselves I enjoy (although I do like the idea of people you meet potentially being infected, or avoiding becoming infected yourself) it's the atmosphere zombie survival creates. Post apocalyptic games are popular are zombies offer a great enemy. I like the mechanic the slow moving ones offer, their movement speed can lull people into a false sense of security and ease, and just when they think they're at their safest, bam! They realise they're trapped. You may be able to run, but they'll always get you in the end.

I dislike the sudden shift to sprinting zombies though.

It kinda saddens me that games like this will sell a mountain of copies, while other games that are truly worth your time and money will not.

Spicoli said,
Well, fill us in. Which games a truly worth our time and money? I'm always up for a new game.

If you really can't come up with any titles on your own that are worth playing that didn't sell anywhere near like they should have, then you yourself are part of the problem i mention.

As you yourself would be part of that same issue for the same reason

Now if you don't mind, I'm trying to get a rocket to Eeloo


(Game is KSP)

It's our fault indie games out there aren't advertised enough? I've played a fair amount of indie games and yes there were some Gems, a large % were also garbage.

That's a sad assessment. This isn't Call of Duty where minimal changes are seen. This is a title that has developers who really care about attention to detail and work to give players a great game first and foremost. Their success is seen by catering to what gamers want, instead of attempting to make as much money possible with the least amount of effort required.

You don't have to like GTA to appreciate that.

Blackhearted said,

If you really can't come up with any titles on your own that are worth playing that didn't sell anywhere near like they should have, then you yourself are part of the problem i mention.

That was the lamest dodge ever. Just name the game and I'll go try it. Otherwise STFU.

This game is truly worth your time and money. I'll buy it a second time when it hits PC, and it'll still be worth the time and money.

Blackhearted said,

If you really can't come up with any titles on your own that are worth playing that didn't sell anywhere near like they should have, then you yourself are part of the problem i mention.

weak dodge sir weak

Blackhearted said,

If you really can't come up with any titles on your own that are worth playing that didn't sell anywhere near like they should have, then you yourself are part of the problem i mention.

Indie games like the ones you're gushing over rely primarily on word of mouth from fans to raise awareness. You are now being part of this problem you're speaking of if you're refusing to tell us.

Enron said,
Solitaire sold over a billion copies. Probably the best game of all time.

Yeah! And it also came with a free Windows OS!

FMH said,
Yeah! And it also came with a free Windows OS!

A lot of people liked the game so much, they bought it several times over the years. True replay value.

Blackhearted said,
It kinda saddens me that games like this will sell a mountain of copies, while other games that are truly worth your time and money will not.

Please name few games as I am seriously at a loss

Enron said,

A lot of people liked the game so much, they bought it several times over the years. True replay value.

I know! I have this game installed on all my PCs!