GTA IV breaks its own franchise record in UK

Could GTA IV possibly become the best-selling game of this generation? If early reports from the UK are any indication, the answer is yes.

UK industry monitor ChartTrack has released the figures for the first 24 hours of the games availability to the general public. The figures, which were established by using estimated retail transactions and EPoS sales data, show that the game moved 609,000 units on day one. The Xbox 360 version came out on top with 335,000 copies sold and the PS3 version was right behind it with 274,000 copies sold.

The previous day one sales record was held by GTA: San Andreas which sold 501,000 copies on day one back when it was released in 2004.

The previous sales records for the 360 was held by Halo 3 with 266,000, while Gran Turismo 5: Prologue held the title for the PS3 with 80,000 in sales.

ChartTrack director Dorian Bloch said: “Barring a catastrophe with lorries bringing stock into stores going AWOL, we can only see that sales number going up and up,” he also had high hopes for the future adding, “The Bank Holiday weekend should be a particularly fruitful period – but it will be interesting to see how long the stock lasts as people rush to stores.”

I’m sure no one is going to stop buying the game any time soon, especially since it was just released. And if these numbers are any indication of what to expect from other regions, GTA IV has every chance of ending up as the best-selling game of this generation.

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