Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive has announced that its crown jewel, Grand Theft Auto 5, has broken yet another record, nearly three years after its initial release. More than 65 million units of the popular open world, action-adventure have been shipped worldwide, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said during an investor call for the company's 2016 fiscal year.
In February, the company announced that the game has crossed the 60-million mark, which means they have shipped another 5 million in less than three months — an impressive feat considering the game was released on older console systems three years ago. In March 2015, Take Two reported that shipments of GTA 5 totalled just under 52 million units.
"Fiscal 2016 marked the third consecutive year of stronger-than-expected Non-GAAP revenues and profits for Take-Two," Zelnick said in a statement. "Our results were driven by the continued extraordinary performance of Grand Theft Auto V, ongoing momentum in our NBA 2K and WWE 2K series, the successful launch of XCOM 2, and our highest-ever revenue from recurrent consumer spending."
The game has continued to rake in revenue for the company thanks to its beloved free multiplayer component, GTA Online, which has reportedly garnered half a billion dollars in revenue through microtransactions.
The company also continues to support the game with regular fresh updates and content for fans, including its recent In and Out Adversary Mode. The company says it will continue to support GTA with new content as well.
In August 2015, Take-Two revealed that the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto series as a whole shipped a whopping 220 million units.
GTA 5 was originally released in September 2013 on PS3 and Xbox 360 before Rockstar ported it to PS4 and Xbox One in November 2014. The highly anticipated PC version of the game was later released in April 2015.
The company revealed a net revenue of $377.2m (£257m) in its better-than-expected earnings report for the fourth quarter that ended 31 March, up from $300.1m in Q4 2015.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.