The beast that is GTA V is still riding strong and knocking down records. The latest figures put GTA V at 90 million copies sold, with earnings of around six billion dollars. And it still continues to sell more than well after five years.
Grand Theft Auto V is officially one of the best-selling things ever. It’s definitely one of the best-selling pieces of entertainment of all time, preceded by only like nine books that have sold over 100 million copies (not counting religious texts here, obviously). According to the newest figures (via GameRant), GTA V has sold over 90 million copies worldwide, across all platforms, raking in something to the tune of six billion dollars. True, it has also become the most expensive game ever to develop, costing a total of $265 million to make, but it has made the money back many times over.
To boot, GTA V is still holding the record for the fastest-selling piece of entertainment ever, earning $800 million in the first day, and it’s first billion in three days. And mind you, GTA V is still going strong. The game is five years old, and it’ still hanging in the top-ten section of most sales charts. It’s pretty incredible. Let’s put this into perspective. The best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, has sold somewhere between 50-60 million copies since it came out in 1982. Movies such as Star Wars and Gone With The Wind haven’t made as much money as GTA V has, even factoring inflation in and counting streaming and DVD sales. I’m talking two or so billion dollars shy of the mark that GTA V has set.
So, it should really come as no wonder that GTA 6 is nowhere on the horizon; there’s no reason for it to be. Rockstar can just keep working on GTA V indefinitely, and I don’t think anybody would mind. It will be interesting to see how far Red Dead Redemption 2 will push the envelope.