GTA V to smash all day one sales records

GTAV

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. 

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer
  • Happy Hamster

    A question with all the new games for the new consoles , we will be only getting the new gen xbox next year but the games are being released this year , will they be held back in SA until the console is launched?

    • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ OminousRain

      Think this will be released for current gen

      • Happy Hamster

        i was talking in general for new gen games and consoles

        • Spathi

          Can’t see them releasing games without the console being available.

        • ElimiNathan

          Ye I doubt the shops will be fully stocked with Xbox One games and no consoles to sell, LOL. That would be an epic failure

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      That will be the day. Hell, we would be lucky if a game is not RUSHED the fuck out the door to meet the console release. Then we wait for 8 months to add a few more games to our 5 rack CD case.

      Expect this gen to be well fed for another 5 years while this gens future games are ported up to next gen and released on the same day on both gens.

      This transition is nothing like the jump from the last Gen. This gen is as strong as an ox.

      • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

        Who needs New gen anyway? ;P

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I just hope GTA V is more like GTA SA than GTA IV. Please.. for the love of all that’s good, don’t make my “friends” needy…

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      I have GTA4 (got it dirt cheep, like R40) but I have not even played it hahahaha

    • LordCaptainAwesomeness

      Agreed, and with that price for the Game, I may actually wait a bit and see how the game is (or get it on some BT Games sale)

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Same here, that R799 + price point is a little too expensive for my taste.

        • Mark Treloar

          Takealot has it for R669.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            And so it begins.. Muahahahaha muahahahahaha! R599! That’s MY FINAL OFFER!

          • Mark Treloar

            With the current exchange rate you wont get it.

    • ElimiNathan

      I preferred Vice City and GTA 3 to SA to be honest

  • http://www.facebook.com/khulie.ndlovu Khulani Ndlovu

    Well no doubt GTA:V will record eye-watering numbers, everybody has got their eyes on the new sequel which is going to be bigger & better than ever GTA game made, the pricing of the game looks steep but most of us have started the saving & Budgeting for the game, expecting to get my copy on launch day hopefully, ;)

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      I will spend R1500 for the game. We vote with our wallets only if all my credits are going to the Devs and not the distributors.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    GTAV BABY!!!

  • RinceWind

    Man I am looking forward to this! I am still curious to see how much they will actually release it for. $70?

    • taoisms

      Is this your first game purchase? It will be the price of all other new games $60.

      • RinceWind

        Is this your first comment? It has been reported on quite a lot that they has said the game will cost more because it is so huge. Hence the many other comments here on that exact topic.

        • taoisms

          No it won’t, the only thing that will cost more are the Special Editions. This isn’t next gen, R* is in the business of making money. They have a loyal fan base. Do your research: http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Playstation-3/dp/B0050SXKU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372357884&sr=8-1&keywords=gta+v

          $59.99

          • taoisms

            So while that actually was my first comment. It was accurate. Ouch.

          • RinceWind

            Should be very careful who you piss off here mate. Megarom have stated the game will ship to South Africa at $70, that was their estimate. If you want to go up the page now, like to OVG and act like some smart arse go ahead. Lazygamer has articles on the higher price, you should do some research before you come out trolls blazing. You will realize people here dont tolerate trolls. And as someone who is a resident, and has written for LG, nor do I. Bad way to start here, very bad.

          • taoisms

            I wasn’t trolling. I know in today’s internet day and age, that any opposition is seen as trolling, but I wasn’t. If the link I posted is inaccurate then fine, I’ll admit it, but its not. You said $70 as if that was the BASE price and it is not, that is the speculative price for South Africa.

          • RinceWind

            GAvin, the owner of this South African site, went into great detail about how the game is to ne shipped to us for $70. If You look up to Khunlanis post you will see he is planning on paying more. OVG is willing to pay up to 1500, which it won’t cost but the reason everyone is talking about the price is not because we all think the game will cost the same as Bioshock Infinite. We are kindda bleak about it to be honest, but I think mkst will splash out, I will! :)

          • RinceWind

            Here you go mate, this is what I was talking about. Nice to have a new face here! Not like the racist Harvey down there. http://www.lazygamer.net/xbox-360/wait-a-minutegta-vs-going-to-cost-how-much/

          • Harvey P Cheesewinkle

            Yes. the long arm of the South African gaming community is well-known and feared throughout the world. Nobody gives a fuck who you tolerate. It’s an open forum.

            http://i.qkme.me/3so1gl.jpg

          • RinceWind

            IF you want to be taken seriously here, yes, you should. If you want to be some dickhead troll, you’ll last a few weeks. And that is because WE don’t give a fuck about you.

          • taoisms

            Once again I wasn’t trolling.

          • RinceWind

            Don’t tell a stranger who may or may not know more than you to “do their research” as that will come across as trolling. The follow up “yes first comment… Ouch” will also too. Would it not have been more reasonable to ask where my facts came from? Anyway man, water under the bridge! New start:)

          • taoisms

            I will admit I was wrong and a little rude. In all my interactions with other gamers they’re usually rude. So my apologies.

          • Captain Minion TallTwit

            And on that note, beer all round!
            CC @rincethis:disqus

          • RinceWind

            No sorry needed friend! I know the feeling it’s like walking out of Mad Max into a place you think is the same you have to have that edge to not open invite to criticism. They have a different thought here. Well, I mean if you have a reason to not like this or that shout it! Trust me, we do:) Nice to meet you man, my name is Rince(change last part when I want) and you my friend have just stumbled on a rather unique forum of gamers.

          • Captain Minion TallTwit

            Looks like we have two winners of the ‘Dumbass Of The Week’ Award.
            Congratulations you two. Very proud.

          • taoisms

            so original.

          • Captain Minion TallTwit

            Thanks ;)

          • taoisms

            Anytime ;))

          • RinceWind

            And now, you have made two friends:) welcome man! Watch out for Geoff though… His pretend Asian unsettles me…

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            Lol. that made me giggle.

          • RinceWind

            Lol, me too… Though not sure same thing laughing at… 0-o

          • RinceWind

            Starting to wonder who foxhound is here “Geoff”…

  • LordCaptainAwesomeness

    @Gav If you think about it logically, the game will break records because it is so bloody expensive.. so even if they sell the same amount of copies as some of the other TripleA games, then they still win… I just want to know what their expectation is. Are they going the way of Square”sigh”Enix and calling 5 Million copies a failure?

  • Smeegle

    No PC??? Noooooooooooooooooo……

    • Tbone187

      Yeah, an initially DOS developed game has decided to shun the pc crowd…I’ll bring the tyres to burn in protest…

      • Mark Treloar

        There may still be a PC version. As for companies who have abandoned their roots, That would be EPIC.

      • Marc O Polo

        burn all the tires you want! they dont care,

  • JC

    For sure GTA V will broke all record.

    if you want download : http://artjuice.net/telecharger-gta-v-sur-pc/

  • Marc O Polo

    ROCKSTAR never disappoint!

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