According to publisher Take Two Interactive’s 2014 fiscal year report, last year’s open world juggernaut, Grand Theft Auto V, has sold 33 million copies, up from 32.5 million three months ago.
“Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling console video game of 2013 in North America, Latin America and Europe combined. To date, Grand Theft Auto V has sold-in more than 33 million units,” the report boasts. It is unclear how much money exactly has been made from the Rockstar developed game, but assuming that each of those 33 million copies sold for the full $60 (which is unlikely), GTA V would have made close to $2 billion.
Although profits were down by $30.8 million for the fourth quarter, the massive success of GTA V has helped Take Two surge in revenue for the entire fiscal year, with $2.414 billion earned, a near 100% increase from the $1.222 billion they made the previous year. Other titles that performed well financially included Bioshock Infinite, NBA 2K14, Borderlands 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and WWE 2K14.
Additionally, digitally delivered DLC for all the above games sold at record numbers, with $435.1 million made, a 65 percent increase from the previous year.
Grand Theft Auto V was released to critical acclaim and made an astonishing $1 billion within the first three days of its release. Developer Rockstar have stated they intend to release a new game for next-gen consoles before the end of the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31 2015.
Whether the game in question is a sequel to one of their massively successful franchises, or an entirely new IP remains to be seen. According to a 2013 report by Colin Sebastian, an analyst for Robert W. Baird, Rockstar will be looking to bring GTA V to the Xbox One and PS4. This is of course unconfirmed, and although E3 is quickly approaching, Rockstar have historically shunned the gaming expo.