When we talk about the industry’s mega-titles we quickly start thinking about Call of Duty, Battlefield, FIFA and even Assassin’s Creed. But in reality they all pale in comparison to the juggernaut that is Grand Theft Auto.
It’s hard to really compare as Call of Duty breaks sales records every year so it is easy to think that it’s the biggest selling title but when we start looking at percentage of console owners buying games, one game stands tall.
Back in 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV sold 630 000 copies on launch day, which is nothing compared to the numbers Call of Duty posts but in 2008 that figure meant that 1 in every 4 console owners picked up the title.
We’re now 5 years down the line and the console market in the UK now sits at 13 million and the current pre-orders have 2K estimating that a fifth of console owners are going to pick up GTA V on launch day which works out to nearly 3 million units sold in one day. The current record first day sales in the UK stands at 1.4 million for the original Black Ops and the current worldwide record is 4.5 million for FIFA 13 (delivered to retailers).
With GTA expecting to sell through 3 million units in the UK and way way more in the USA we could be in for some eye watering numbers later this year.
GTA V is releasing in September on Xbox 360 and PS3.