We all knew Grand Theft Auto V was going to be big, but wow!
In just 24-hours, GTA V sales have exceeded $800 million worldwide – not including the forthcoming Japan and Brazil launches. At $60 (discounting limited editions for rough estimating), over 13 million copies were sold.
To put that in perspective, last years mega-hit, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, took in $500 million in its first 24-hours.
Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, has this to say about the games enormous early success:
All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence.
Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series. In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment’. We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch.
GTA Online launches on October 1st.