Grand Theft Auto has been one of the biggest stories in the video game world as of late. The recent release of the newest installment in this behemoth of a series combined with the fact that this game is shattering sales records left and right makes it hard not to talk about.
On release day, the game accumulated more than $800 million dollars in sales, making it, according to Take-Two Interactive, “the highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of the company and the Grand Theft Auto series.”
This was quickly followed by the staggering fact that the game went on to make more than $1 billion dollars in sales within the first three days of its release. It was projected that the game would reach these numbers within a month, but it appears people were more excited for the game than previously believed. I know I was, especially after having to wait five years since Grand theft Auto IV for more adventures in the crazy setting that GTA offers.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick was quoted as saying “Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment. We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V." Take- Two also said they “believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone.”
This release may be a foreshadowing of videogames being taken more seriously as an art form or simply a record release that we forget about over time. Based on the trends we’ve been seeing in society lately, I think it is more likely that this release will be remembered for a long time to come