‘Grand Theft Auto V lets players follow a three-protagonist storyline or cut loose in a fictionalised Los Angeles. ― AFP picSAN FRANCISCO, April 10 ― The sprawling, go-anywhere do-anything video game Grand Theft Auto V is “the most financially successful media title of all time,” according to a MarketWatch report.
In the four and a half years since its September 2013 release, Grand Theft Auto V has gone on to earn US$6 billion (RM23.2 million), says Cowen analyst Doug Creutz, speaking to Marketwatch.
Following that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 debut, the game has been re-released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs.
Some 90 million copies have been sold across all formats, and multiplayer component Grand Theft Auto Online allows players to pump real-world cash into the game in order to expand their virtual real estate holdings, car collections, wardrobes and so on.
With lifetime earnings estimated at US$6 million, Grand Theft Auto V is “far above the success of blockbuster movies like Star Wars or Gone With The Wind,” Creutz noted, even taking inflation adjustment into account.
The news comes at a time when many Grand Theft Auto fans will be counting down the weeks, months and days to October 2018's Red Dead Redemption 2, the next ambitious epic from “GTA” studio network Rockstar Games.