Since GTA V came out last September, it’s done rather well. Seven Guinness records broken. Enormous first day sales. A billion dollars generated in the first three days and apparently making more money than the entire global music industry in its first month.
This was then complemented with a range of awards, trophies, prizes and fellowships so numerous and diverse that the company has had to move into larger offices simply to give them enough wall and shelf space to accommodate them.
Last week saw the launch of the game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This has triggered another round of recognition, reviews and records, with GTA becoming the UK’s best selling game in the whole of recorded history.
Having made £94M in it’s first week on sale, GTA5 already held the record for the highest-grossing UK game, as well as the highest grossing game of all time.
Now it’s the best-selling game too, trouncing Call Of Duty: Black Ops which was the previous record holder.
It’s also created a rather rare state of affairs, where two games created in Scotland are in the UK Top Ten:
Here’s the full top ten for the week ending November 22.
- GTA 5 (Rockstar)
- Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
- FIFA 15 (EA)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft)
- WWE 2K15 (Ubisoft)
- LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner)
- Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (Sony – but developed by 4J Studios)
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
Hurrah for Scotland!
We’re sure the team at Rockstar North are tired of hearing the word congratulations, but too bad. With great global commercial success and cultural impact, comes great responsibility, to paraphrase Spiderman’s Uncle Ben.
So, congratulations to Rockstar North. And 4J Studios.
We’ll have all the news on GTA 6 as soon as we hear anything…