Grand Theft Auto V takes in $800 million in first 24 hours

Developer Rockstar North and publisher Rockstar Games are officially swimming in money thanks to the early sales success of Grand Theft Auto V, and Microsoft and Sony stand to benefit as well. The release of the long awaited open world crime action game has generated over $800 million in revenue just in the first 24 hours since the game went on sale Tuesday in the U.S. and Europe.

The announcement came today from Rockstar's parent company Take 2 Interactive, which added that the game has yet to launch in Japan as well as Brazil. It's the highest revenue amount for the first day of a GTA game launch, along with the most money for any game made by Take 2 Interactive in its first day.

The game is estimated to have cost about $267 million to make and market, which could make GTA V the most expensive game ever. So the fact that it generated over three times its budget in its first day means a nice profit all around for Rockstar and Take 2. It also means big bucks for Microsoft and Sony. GTA V was released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles first and Microsoft and Sony claim a license fee for each copy that is sold. While those companies keep their exact license fees a secret, it's estimated that Microsoft and Sony take about $7 out of the $60 price tag for every copy of GTA V.

Source: Take 2 Interactive | Image via Rockstar Games

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Hopefully this pushes other devs and publishers to really polish and put the effort in to their games. Also glad to see that R* have succeeded without tons of pointless DRM.

Spicoli said,
Why do think there isn't DRM? I can just copy the disk hand it out?

Let's read what i wrote again shall we... "Tons of pointless DRM"

I don't quite understand what's the reason for all the hush-hush with this title... and re PC - just confirming that there will be (or not) a PC title will calm down a lot of people - they don't have to commit to a release date.

DrScouse said,
...and piracy is killing the industry?

Piracy is killing shi*ty companies producing shi*ty games, and still expecting to sell their crap...

Well, that pays off their dev costs nicely.

Not that it actually REALLY cost them $287 million to make it. Most of that cost is apportioned out over many years and covers the engine development they used in several -other- games, too. They just massaged the figures a bit to make it -look- like they spent that much on one game.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
When it comes out on PC I will play it nonstop. My favorite part of gta is the world so I will be enjoying this game for a long time!

It's kinda ironic and silly, but the world is my favourite part of the game too.

I just like to hop into my car, turn the radio to some old school hip-hop station, and just cruse down the streets obeying all the speed limits and traffic rules and enjoying myself haha

San Andreas is the only game of the series that I've played.

zhiVago said,

It's kinda ironic and silly, but the world is my favourite part of the game too.

I just like to hop into my car, turn the radio to some old school hip-hop station, and just cruse down the streets obeying all the speed limits and traffic rules and enjoying myself haha

San Andreas is the only game of the series that I've played.

Exactly the same here. I got it release morning and i think i've only done three missions so far, just been cruising up to the mountains with the punk radio on haha

Proof that:

-If a game is good and original
-You don't sh*t on gamers with stupid DRMs, Online only, etc.
-You don't sell an incomplete game followed by a sh_tload of DLC that should've be included for free

People will pay for your product. Don't worry, EA won't learn the lesson anytime soon. More broken, incomplete, unplayable games like SimCity are coming...

Is Grand Theft Auto really that original? And I don't think I would praise their DRM stance. Just look at how they ALWAYS handle the PC releases: Delay by many months so that at launch, people would be more inclined to buy the console game than pirate the PC game. And I don't expect the PC version of GTA 5 to be DRM-free, you know. GTA 5 might be a good game, but I don't really consider the game industry lessons it teaches to be the most positive.

I got into GTA because there was nothing like it at the time, and there still isn't anything like it even today given the level of polish they put towards their games. Seriously, each iteration has been a step up from the previous, and they've done a great job pushing the boundaries each time. I don't care if you don't think the game is the best in the world, all that is simply subjective. My point is that there isn't, nor has there been games that (at least at the time of their releases anyway) compete at their level.

And how can we expect anyone else to? They don't have the same budget Rockstar does, nor can they expect to sell nearly as many to even make dropping such an investment worthwhile.

If we're going to see anyone compete with them, it's going to take success time over time just to even get to their level. Saints Row has done a pretty good job, but that game is in a different direction on its own as they aim for the extreme. (which for me, isn't exactly tuned to my tastes at least. still mad respect to the devs)

personally i don't think none of the GTA games are as good as Mafia (on PC) is as the GTA series just does not leave that lasting memorable impression on me like Mafia did (i replayed Mafia many times over the years since i first played it when it was new in Aug 2002 where as the GTA game i might beat once but i never really cared to go back and replay those). hell, i would even go as far as to say Mafia II (on PC) beats all of the GTA games to as GTA's feel is not as appealing as Mafia series and the characters/gun feel etc ain't as interesting either.

According to the media outlets surely this means a spree of murders, car thefts and robberies are on the way.

Is Neowin broken for anyone else? Article titles aren't appearing and there is corrupt text in the articles.

mrp04 said,
Is Neowin broken for anyone else? Article titles aren't appearing and there is corrupt text in the articles.

Nope only you.

The world detail in this game is amazing, i've been playing games since the early 90's and nothing matches GTA V.

Just need it to come out on PC to properly do it justice... i'm not being elitist, but to me, playing it on the consoles i feel as if it's like spending millions on making a movie, and getting everything perfect, then having people watch it on a old phone with a small low res screen.

I know several people who glorify their PCs and have respected R*'s decision on making this arrive on consoles first and bought it on said console.

It depends whether or not they personally feel any replay value in the game and feel the need to buy it again when it arrives (Which may be Over 6 months -_-)