GTA V Tops 185 Million Copies Sold Globally, GTA Franchise Now AT 405 Million Lifetime Sales

The Rockstar title has further extended its record as the second-best selling game of all time.

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  • GTA V has surpassed 185 million sales globally, remaining at No.2 on the best-selling games of all time chart.
  • Furthermore, the Grand Theft Auto franchise has topped 405 million shipments, making it only 20 million copies shy of the Call of Duty franchise.
  • Besides the sales, Take-Two’s CEO revealed in the company’s financial report that GTA Online hit another high in June 2023, with GTA+ being a big success on next-gen consoles.

In its Quarter 1 earnings report, Take-Two Interactive announced that GTA V has now sold over 185 million copies worldwide, firmly placing it as the second-highest-selling video game in history. Furthermore, the holding company also released sales figures for the overall Grand Theft Auto franchise, which is now at 405 million lifetime unit sales, extending its stay as the fifth-best-selling franchise in gaming history.

Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Rockstar Games‘ parent company Take-Two, revealed these figures and much more in the company’s 2024 Q1 report. According to Zelnick, GTA V sold another five million copies during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, bringing it to its newly reported 185 million total. And, as per the financial report, this performance actually exceeded the expectations of Take-Two.

The position of GTA V in the overall standing, however, hasn’t changed and the open-world title is still the second-best-selling video game of all time behind Minecraft. Moreover, the series also remained at the same position in the highest-selling game franchise ranking, keeping its No.5 spot. But, GTA is now a whopping 80 million units above FIFA, even if the widely popular Call of Duty is still leading it by 20 Million copies. 

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In addition, Strauss Zelnick uncovered that GTA Online is also performing higher than previously projected and continued to set records this quarter. During June 2023, the online mode reached a new player peak that hasn’t been seen since the height of the pandemic. Therefore, even after a decade, GTA V is still bringing in money with its online mode.

Besides this, the CEO also shed some light on GTA+ in an exclusive interview with GamesBeat relative to the financial report. In the interview, Zelnick said that the subscription is continuously growing, and the players actually like it, with the adoption of the service increasing each quarter. Consequently, Rockstar is going to keep adding more features to GTA+ to benefit the customers, per the CEO.

GTA+ is a subscription program that’s continuing to grow. Consumers like it, we continue to add features. So if you can offer something powerful to consumers, there can be a great benefit.”

If you don’t remember, Rockstar introduced GTA+ as an exclusive membership for GTA Online on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S in March 2022. This service gave you $500,000 in your Maze Bank account, special discounts, new vehicles, properties, and much more in GTA V for $5.99 every month, with fresh benefits every month for buyers.

Contrary to the developer’s expectations, the reception to this initiative wasn’t very positive with many considering it a basic cash grab. But, it seems like GTA+ surpassed its initial frosty response and has become a successful means of revenue for GTA V and Rockstar. Furthermore, Strauss Zelnick again hinted that GTA VI will release by Early 2025, if not sooner, by saying FY 2025 will be the company’s best year.

Therefore, the future of Grand Theft Auto looks bright and by the looks of it, GTA V will surpass 200 million sales by the time GTA VI comes out.

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Ahmed Mansoor is a News Writer who has a deep passion for single-player adventure games. He loves to keep tabs on the gaming and technology industries and loves to break stories that interest his audience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and several years of experience writing for games. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Written 600+ News Stories.

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