We're not sure what it is about Grand Theft Auto V that continues to make it a success after all these years – probably the updates that go along with Grand Theft Auto Online – but Take-Two, the publisher behind the game (through Rockstar Games) has boasted some impressive numbers thanks to its success.
The company, which also works with 2K Games on its publishing, has reported another strong fiscal quarter ending on June 30, 2017, noting that Grand Theft Auto V has been one of the driving factors to its gross of $418.2 million, an increase of 34 percent from the previous year. In addition, NBA 2K17, WWE 2K17, WWE SuperCard and Mafia III also helped drive that success.
CEO Strauss Zelnick noted the "ongoing extraordinary performance" of GTA V, which continues to sell like mad four years following its release, leading to more "record results" from it.
Digital net revenue also saw an increase, up 56 percent to $268.2 million, and recurrent consumer spending – including DLC and Microtransactions – also increased 72 percent over the previous year, with a total of 41 percent of the company's total net revenue.
Grand Theft Auto V is expected to continue to be a big hit for the company, alongside other releases that will be coming over the next year, including WWE 2K18, NBA 2K18 and next year's forthcoming Red Dead Redemption 2, which should find a great deal of success in its own right. Zelnick noted that "a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises" will also guide the company into success the following year. He didn't let on what it was, but signs point to the return of the Borderlands franchise, based on what's been revealed thus far.
For now, nothing seems to be able to stop Grand Theft Auto V's success – even the likes of a Grand Theft Auto 6 would have to do a lot in an effort to stop it. Perhaps that says something about the ability to design a game with a solid open-world, based upon great ideas, and also furthering that with the help of an online component that operates well on its own right. Plus, it's fun as hell to play.