GTA 6 may be hotter than ever, but it looks like Grand Theft Auto 5 is still proving to be as hot as ever according to new figures.
First released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3, GTA 5 has since had multiple versions rolled out in its nearly decade of existence. While some gamers have been out of the game for years at Los Santos, this doesn’t mean Grand Theft Auto 5’s popularity is over. If anything, it looks like the game has proven to be one of the industry’s biggest games in terms of sales, further corroborated by the latest figures coming from Take’s financials update. -Two.
While disclosing information about the financial situation of the publisher, Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold more than 170 million copies to date. While this still doesn’t knock Minecraft off the top spot for the best-selling title of all time, it solidified GTA 5 as a hugely popular title. This also means that sales increased by five million in the most recent quarter, likely stemming from the release of the next generation of Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Of course, Grand Theft Auto 5 accounted for most of the sales immediately after its release, but still having millions of copies sold continuously proves that the game has maintained its popularity. Thanks to Grand Theft Auto Online, there are plenty of reasons for players to seek out GTA 5 even years after the game first launched. Updates like the Contract expansion for Grand Theft Auto Online give players an ongoing reason to return to Los Santos and accumulate the cash needed to own their own luxury condo or yacht.
While GTA 5’s continued success is impressive, it also proves for a number of reasons why it took so long for season 6 of the franchise to be released. The latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise was only officially confirmed this year, but some fans have now realized that given the massive success of GTA 5, there’s no need for Rockstar to develop Grand Theft Auto. 6.
With Grand Theft Auto 6’s release date also currently undetermined, it’s likely fans will have to be content with causing mayhem in San Andreas for at least a few more years. However, if sales figures have shown that it seems many players are still satisfied with the experience that GTA 5 offers. As GTA 5 continues to show its dominance in the gaming industry, many will wonder if Grand Theft Auto 6 can live up to the expectations set by its predecessor. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick seems to think so, as he recently stated that GTA 6 will set new innovative standards for gaming, experience and entertainment.
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