GTA V just made history today, as the title achieved first day sales of over $800 million worldwide, which excludes Japan and Brazil, where the game hasn’t launched yet. This marks the highest first day sales in the history of distributor Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., as well as the GTA series as a whole.
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, had this to say about the momentous achievement, presumably with dollar signs in his eyes:
“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.”
If you are wondering how one game can make such an outrageous amount of money, check out the praise GTA V is getting from various outlets:
“No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humor and gift for mayhem. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made.” – IGN, 10/10
“It’s a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy. As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTA V sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that.” – Edge, 10/10
“You’ve never seen a game world as thoroughly realized…as irresistible to play as it is to admire.” – Time, 5/5
“GTA V is the culmination of everything we love about the series: It’s big, it’s pretty, and most importantly it’s just nonstop fun.” – Guardian UK, 100%
“One of the pinnacle achievements this generation of games has offered.” – CNET
You know GTA V is serious business when Edge gives it a 10, because Edge gives out perfect scores once every ten thousand years. GTA V is out right now for the PS3 and 360, and is rated M for Much Mayhem. More info on the title can be found here, including info on the multiplayer component of GTA V, GTA Online, which launches October 1st and cannot get here fast enough.
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