If you thought GTA V couldn’t achieve anymore accolades, you would be wrong. GTA V has now sold 52 million copies worldwide. 5 million of those sales are in the UK, making it the biggest selling game of all time in the UK, surpassing Call of Duty Black Ops who were the previous record holders.
This recent resurgence has come from PS4 and Xbox One sales over Christmas as well as the recently released PC version.
All of these rather impressive stats have come from Take-Two’s fiscal year report, which also saw Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection, NBA 2k15 and Evolve all turn in a profit. From the report Take Two revealed Evolve has sold-in 2.5m copies, WWE 2K15 has sold around 3m, the NBA 2K franchise has reached 7m sales collectively, and the entire Borderlands franchise has sold a staggering 25m units worldwide. It must feel nice to be part of an unsinkable ship.
Take-Two also saw an increase in DLC. The last 3 months of the report saw a year-on-year increase of around 66%, bringing in around $202.5m. 54% of the revenue was generated by “recurrent consumer spending” such as digital currency (I assume this is made up largely from GTA V Shark Cards).
Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick announcement clearly comes from the more corporate side of the coin, as little was mentioned about exciting new games or what the cool fun guys and girls are up to at Rockstar. Instead he opted for all things business, but it’s hard to ridicule constant success.
“Our strong fourth quarter revenues and better-than-expected Non-GAAP profits marked an outstanding close to one of our company’s best years ever.”
“During fiscal 2015, we seamlessly launched five triple-A titles for the holiday season led by Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K15; added an exciting new franchise with the successful release of Evolve; and achieved record digitally-delivered revenue, including our highest-ever revenues from recurrent consumer spending. Our business generated significant cash flow and, as a result, we ended the fiscal year with $1.1 billion in cash and short-term investments.”
Strauss Zelnick added;
“Fiscal 2016 is off to a great start, highlighted by the April launch of Grand Theft Auto V for the PC, which has exceeded our expectations. Throughout the coming year, we will continue to execute our proven strategy of launching a select array of the highest-quality titles, led by new annual releases of NBA 2K and WWE 2K; Battleborn, a groundbreaking new intellectual property from Gearbox Software; and a soon-to-be announced new triple-A title from 2K.
“We also will continue to deliver innovative offerings designed to promote ongoing engagement with our games and drive recurrent consumer spending. Beyond fiscal 2016, we have a robust development pipeline and our Company is well-positioned to deliver growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”
Hmmmm, “a groundbreaking new intellectual property from Gearbox Software; and a soon-to-be announced new triple-A title from 2K.” For those of you who missed the news Gearbox have an announcement, one they can’t clarify will or won’t happen at E3 or as to whether this will be an original new I.P or a further instalment of a long running franchise, ahem Borderlands 3, ahem Bioshock. But we can expect to hear something soon.
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