After many, many months of hype, "Grand Theft Auto V" was released Tuesday to rave reviews and the exuberance of the franchise's die-hard fans.
With crowds lining up in the wee hours to get their hands on a copy of the new game, and "GTA V" trending online for a big chunk of the day, it was clear that the game's launch was a big success for "Grand Theft Auto V" developer Rockstar Games and Rockstar's owner Take-Two Interactive Software.
On Wednesday, Take-Two confirmed and celebrated its success by announcing that "GTA V" had indeed garnered plenty of interest -- $800 million worth, in fact.
"Grand Theft Auto V" delivered the highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of the Company and the "Grand Theft Auto "series.
Launched on September 17 […] the title has already received widespread critical acclaim and achieved first day sell-through of more than $800 million worldwide, excluding the upcoming launch in Japan and Brazil, according to company estimates.
"All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” company CEO Strauss Zelnick said in the release. “In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called 'the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment'. We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games' creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch."
Games Radar's Connor Sheridan predicts that sales of "GTA V" will continue to soar in the coming days, saying: "With launch in Japan and Brazil forthcoming, and further sales from folks who prefer not to deal with release-day madness, GTA 5 should sail past $1 billion in days rather than weeks."
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