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This is getting ridiculous, guys. Grand Theft Auto V has been available on various platforms since 2013, and has sold millions upon millions of copies worldwide in that time. There shouldn't be anyone left on the planet who doesn't own it. And yet, it continues to find its way towards the top of the pile every single year.
The open-world crime game, which has now shifted well over 135 million copies worldwide, was recently crowned the third best-selling game in the UK in 2020, with over one million additional copies sold here in the UK alone.
According to new data from the UK's Entertainment Retailers Association, GTA V sold 1,127,22 units in 2020. That put it just behind Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and FIFA 21, which came in second and first respectively. But what's truly incredible is that Rockstar's effort still managed to beat other 2020 juggernaut releases such as The Last Of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
It should be noted, however, that the data for Nintendo's island life sim doesn't factor in digital eShop sales, which were bound to have accounted for a fair few copies sold... especially given the fact it released during the beginning of the UK's COVID-19 lockdowns.
As always, GTA V's ongoing success is hardly that much of a surprise. The game remains a firm favourite around the world and an essential single-player experience... that's before you even factor in Rockstar's ongoing support for GTA Online, which only last month released its biggest update ever.
Looking beyond the UK, the game is just as popular. Globally, GTA V shifted another 15 million copies between February 2020 and November 2020. "With more people staying at home, we have experienced, and are continuing to experience, heightened levels of engagement and net bookings growth-to-date," Rockstar parent company Take-Twp Interactive said in a report late last year. "The full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business, operations, and financial results will depend on numerous evolving factors that we are not able to predict."
With GTA V expected to arrive on next-gen consoles later this year, don't expect sales to slow down anytime soon. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series version of the game will " feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades, and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the console's powerful new hardware," according to Rockstar Games. Bottom line? You're not getting GTA VI anytime soon.
Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games
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