If you needed any more confirmation that Grand Theft Auto V has been a humongous phenomenon, Take-Two released their Q3 FY2014 (ended December 31st, 2013) financial results today, with GTA V selling over 32.5 million copies to retailers and was the #1 selling game in 2013, according to the NPD, with Take-Two the top publisher of 2013.
For Take-Two as a whole, GAAP net revenue was up to $1.86 billion during the quarter, a huge jump from the $415.8 million they saw in Q3 FY2013. As well, digital sales were up 42% year-over-year to $132.8 million, with Grand Theft Auto, NBA 2K, Borderlands 2, and BioShock Infinite highlighted.
Looking at 2K games, NBA 2K14 was the fastest-selling game in the series and has already sold-in over 5 million units to retailers, with the franchise selling almost 35 million copies to retailers so far. As well, Borderlands 2 has become the highest-selling 2K game in their history at over 8.5 sold-in to retailers.
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, discussed the numbers:
Take-Two’s business continued to outperform expectations significantly during the fiscal third quarter. Our results were driven by robust holiday demand for Grand Theft Auto V, the franchise record-breaking launch of NBA 2K14, the successful release of WWE 2K14, and strong growth in digitally-delivered revenues led by Grand Theft Auto Online. Take-Two was the top video game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group, underscoring our positive momentum over the past year.
For 2014, Take-Two has the Borderlands 2/Dishonored and Skyrim/BioShock Infinite bundles next week, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 DLC coming soon, Evolve in Fall 2015, and NBA 2K15 and WWE 2K15 arriving Fiscal Year 2015 (before March 31st, 2015), but the platforms weren’t announced today.
You can check out every little detail about Take-Two’s Q3 financials by heading over here, where there’s an interesting stat that shows 97% of their platform revenue is from consoles, 3% from PC and other, and 0% from handhelds.
What’s your guess for the lifetime totals for Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and Xbox 360? Can it reach 50 million? Let us know in the comments below.