Grand Theft Auto V has blown away the competition, setting a new record as the fastest selling entertainment product in history. The game earned a whopping $1 billion in just three days, beating out sales records from every previous game ever released, as well as other forms of entertainment like movie and music sales. The game earned $800 million on its first day alone.
The game’s impressive sales stats, combined with raving reviews from just about every media source, have set Grand Theft Auto V on track to be the most successful game ever sold. The new release has blown away all other sales by previous GTA games, selling more in its first week than all other GTA titles combined.
Grand Theft Auto V has been in development for five years and cost about $115 million for Rockstar Games to make. The game was released on September 17th and fans around the world lined up from midnight to ensure they could buy GTA V as soon as it went on sale. Online retailers experienced a similarly profound demand, with Amazon selling out on pre-orders.
“We believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone [of $1 billion],” said Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the publisher behind GTA V.
Despite the game’s massive popularity, Grand Theft Auto V isn’t free of all criticisms. Gamers and critics have raved about the gameplay, freedom and excitement boiled down into the single most successful game ever, but as players get further into the storyline, voices have begun rising with minor complaints. There is one scene in particular that many users are upset with, involving the abuse of an innocent man without rhyme or reason. However, it doesn’t appear that GTA V’s loose morality code will negatively influence sales at all.