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Grand Theft Auto V Passes 85 Million in Shipments and Digital Sales

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Sherri Watson | 09 November, 2017, 10:26

Grand Theft Auto V may be the US's best-selling game of all time, but I wouldn't be surprised if that title is eventually handed off to Red Dead Redemption 2 or the next entry in the GTA series. What's important to note is that Wii Sports was actually sold bundled with the Wii console, this means that a great deal of those sold copies were actually just game's bundle with the standard console - while, GTA V is a standalone title.

Not surprisingly, Take Two's earnings report stated that GTA V has made 42 out of 50 monthly top 10 charts, the most appearances of any single title in NPD ranking history.

"Grand Theft Auto Online delivered its best quarter yet, Net Bookings from Grand Theft Auto V grew year-over-year, and we enjoyed the successful launch of National Basketball Association 2K18, which generated growth in both units sold and recurrent consumer spending".

The incredible sales numbers are due in no small part to GTA Online, the feature that draws most players in every day to take part in missions, races, crimes, basically anything that the sprawling city environment has to offer. The company's "recurrent consumer spending" category (which comprises virtual currency, DLC, and microtransactions), has also jumped by a considerable 66 percent. The game, originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, has also been rolled out to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Grand Theft Auto Online's continued strong performance and the successful launch of National Basketball Association 2K18 made the company increase its revenue beyond expectations.

Considering gamers have been sticking withGTA: Online for four years now, it's not entirely surprising. This a year ago saw the highest profits for GTA: Online since the GTA V persistent multiplayer mode was introduced, and with over five million copies of Rockstar's flagship franchise shipped since May, it looks like there's no stopping it.

In May, the company delayed the launch of "Red Dead" to spring 2018 from fall 2017, which had hurt its initial full-year forecast.