Feeds

Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

More series copies shifted than Tetris?

Business security measures using SSL

Some 125 million copies of Grand Theft Auto games have shipped since the series' introduction, publisher Take-Two Interactive has claimed.

While it would be easy to celebrate that such figures means GTA easily challenges Tetris for fifth place in the world best-selling franchise table - behind Mario, Pokemon, Wii Sports/Play/Fit and The Sims - Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick instead took a pop at those titles creeping up the list behind it, in particular series with annual releases such as Call of Duty.

Zelnek, speaking at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, indicated he believed that there has been a large year-on-year drop in sales for Activision's most-recent CoD entry, Black Ops 2 this month, but that has never been the case with GTA, which apparently does better every time.

GTA V

GTA V: shooting down the competition

Activision, however, said Black Ops 2 managed to generate half a billion dollars in sales in its first day of sales, well ahead of the $360m the publisher made through day-one sales of the original Black Ops in 2011.

"Our view is it's hard to make permanent intellectual properties if you annualise it," he said, though he makes an exception for sports titles. "So far that's proven to be the case. IP that is annualised eventually seems to hit the wall and we don't want our IP to hit the wall."

GTA's fanbase on the other hand will have been patiently waiting five years for their next dose of action, giving Rockstar plenty of time to develop an expanded experience the hype generally lives up to.

Rockstar's latest GTA V trailer was released earlier this month amid plenty of details of the forthcoming criminal venture. The game will be released next Spring. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.