At launch, Grand Theft Auto V was good. No, it was better than good. Great even. But did any of us believe then that the game would be still riding high in the charts all these years, games, and consoles later? Because I sure didn’t. Yet, that’s what’s going on. To this day, it still enjoys many consecutive weeks in the Top Ten of the sales charts, it’s still competing for the top spot and it’s still seeing off many newer releases. And it’s no surprise, given that it has sold over 130 million copies since its launch.
Now, it is obvious that it’s the online feature that draws in such a crowd. But it is still difficult to comprehend just how many new copies are being sold each and every day. Soon enough the whole world will own one, surely?
Having started off on the previous generation, it is fair to assume that many may have double dipped when it launch – remastered – on the PlayStation 4. But that’s six years ago, and we’re now gearing up for the next console in the family to drop. Which begs the question, just how has Rockstar Games managed to pull this off, and did they see this success coming? Not to mention, when and what will stop the Grand Theft Auto V selling train from running? Because at this moment in time, I don’t have an answer to that. And, it appears, neither does the industry.
Given its success, I am surprised that we haven’t seen an influx in clones – games that try to copy its framework, just like the Battle Royale style that is doing the rounds. But I guess with the budget Grand Theft Auto V enjoys, all of its marketing to date and its name, there’d be no toppling the game whatever you made.