Rockstar sold over 250 million copies of its games
Rockstar, the game studio known mostly for its hit Grand Theft Auto franchise, has reached an astonishing 250 million game sales, making it one of the most successful companies of recent years. Of course, GTA 5 leads the sale numbers, but Rockstar’s game roster is much larger than that. Besides offering the thrills of exploring Vice City or Los Santos, the studio created some other memorable games, such as Max Payne, State of Emergency, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, Bully, Midnight Club, Manhunt or The Warriors.
Prior to launching GTA 5, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto titles sold a cumulative 125 million copies. Add Grand Theft Auto 5 32.5 million sold copies to that, and you get an astonishing 157.5 million GTA games off the shelves, virtually or otherwise. Rockstar doesn’t follow the trends set by other well-selling titles such as Call of Duty, and doesn’t want to release annual installments in its franchise. Instead, the studio-heads decided to focus on quality rather and quantity, and this shows. “Our view is it’s hard to make permanent intellectual properties if you annualize it, with the exception of sports titles” declared Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Rockstar. “So far that’s proven to be the case. IP that is annualized eventually seems to hit the wall and we don’t want our IP to hit the wall.” he continued.
To compare other Rockstar titles with the Grand Theft Auto series, the 2012 release of Max Payne 3 saw the game selling 3 million copies during its first week, and over 4 million copies since launch. The numbers fade away in comparison with how well GTA 5 is doing currently, but Max Payne 3 managed to be a financial success nonetheless. As far as the company’s future is concerned, Rockstar continues to develop content for GTA 5, especially focusing on GTA Online and improving the only side of the game that feels somewhat lackluster.
There have even been signs of a PC version for GTA 5, but both Rockstar and publisher 2K continue to deny it officially. “At this point there is really nothing for us to say about that.” came the brief response. Regardless, we have solid reasons to believe that Rockstar has been developing a PC version of GTA 5 for quite some time now. The most solid evidence seems to be a comprehensive bug-log leaked online recently, showcasing elements such as DirectX 11 support and Windows support.
In any case, we’d like to congratulate the studio for its success, and we’re hoping to see many more titles emerging from their capable hands. Our Grand Theft Auto thirst has been quenched with GTA 5 for now, so perhaps an entirely new franchise or a Max Payne sequel can be dreamed of? What would you like to see from Rockstar?