VIRTUAL CRIME SPREE Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) has raked in $800m in its first day of release.
The game went on sale this Tuesday and pulled in $800m in its first 24 hours. According to Take Two Interactive, this is the biggest earning game in the GTA canon.
"All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V. Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry's new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence," said Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive.
"Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series. In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded... We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games' creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch."
Reviews of the game began coming out on Monday, roughly 24 hours before the discs went on sale. GTA 5 was met with glowing reviews everywhere, and gamers noticed.
There isn't a PC version of the title yet, but a petition has been started. The console versions are not on sale globally yet; GTA 5 has not entered the Japanese market yet, for example.
Huge though it already is, the game is about to become even bigger shortly. Rockstar will open online GTA 5 multi-player access at the beginning of October, and that promises a whole new gaming experience. µ
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