Thanks to a few huge fall releases, video game sales managed to improve year-over-year once again in October, according to the latest numbers sent to us by the NDP Group. This makes for the third month of positive growth for the industry, an estimated $1.3 billion in total consumer spending that signifies a 5% jump over October 2012. The Nintendo 3DS led the hardware segment for the sixth consecutive month, in part due to 2DS sales, although overall hardware sales were down 8% from last year. With the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this month, hardware sales should see a major surge in November, but for now, Nintendo still has the best-selling console on the market. More →
Over a month after its release, gamers are still deeply immersed in Grand Theft Auto V, the fastest selling game of all time. Between a lengthy single-player campaign and an extensive, constantly evolving online mode, it’s nearly impossible to experience everything the game has to offer, but Eurogamer has taken a stab at exploring its intricate world with the latest entry in its Digital Foundry series of videos. Eurogamer has put together a time-lapse montage of several locations in the fictional city of Los Santos, full of cars, lights, weather and people, all moving naturally through the world as the hours fly by. GTA V is only the latest of Rockstar’s games to be subjected to the time-lapse treatment — Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire have also appeared in the series. Check out the full video below. More →
Last month Rockstar set the gaming world — and lots of virtual police cars — on fire with the release of Grand Theft Auto V, the game that made $1 billion in a weekend. USA Today shared the NPD Group’s video game sales report for September on Friday and revealed that after months of subpar results, overall retail sales were up 27% from August. These improved sales were mostly thanks to GTA V, which accounted for more than half of all game sales revenues on the month. “Grand Theft Auto represented over 50% of dollar sales in September, and had the highest first month sales than any other previous launch in the Grand Theft Auto franchise,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. More →
Millions of gamers have snatched up copies of Grand Theft Auto V since its release last month — enough to break seven world records, in fact — but many vocal PC gaming purists are holding out for a PC version of the wildly popular new title. Rockstar took several months to put out a PC version of GTA IV, and despite continuously reaffirming that there are no current plans to bring GTA V to the PC, multiple sources have informed Eurogamer that the $1 billion game will make its way to the computer “in the first quarter of 2014.” More →
Rockstar’s marketing budget seems to have paid off. Not only has Grand Theft Auto V generated more $1 billion in revenue, it has also set a new bar for entertainment sales altogether. Guinness World Records confirmed on Tuesday that GTA V has broken six sales world records, and a seventh for its trailer, since going on sale three weeks ago. Some of the enormous properties that GTA has now surpassed include Call of Duty, The Avengers and Avatar. More →
Grand Theft Auto V has broken into gamers’ minds and has stolen their hearts. Take Two Interactive, which publishes Rockstar Games’ hugely successful Grand Theft Auto franchise, announced on Friday that sales of Grand Theft Auto V have generated $1 billion in revenue in just three days, making it the fastest game in history to reach the $1 billion milestone. Rockstar released GTA V this past Tuesday and the game was immediately deemed a massive hit after generating an estimated $800 million on its first day of sales and after scoring an extremely high 98 out of 100 on Metacritic. The fun of GTA V is that it lets gamers behave as immorally as they please in an open world setting that bears a striking resemblance to contemporary Los Angeles. Take Two’s press release follows below. More →
With Rockstar Games’ hugely anticipated Grand Theft Auto V less than a month away from its release, the company has decided to whet our appetites for the game a little more. Rockstar on Thursday released an official trailer for the game that introduced us to the game’s three main characters and showed off all kinds of fun criminal mayhem such as bank robberies and carjackings. Grand Theft Auto V, the latest installment of the popular Rockstar franchise, lets gamers behave as immorally as they please in an open world setting that bears a striking resemblance to contemporary Los Angeles. GTA V is coming out for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on September 17th. The full trailer follows below. More →
The current generation of consoles is coming to a close but Rockstar Games is looking to send the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 out with a bang. The game developer on Tuesday released its first gameplay trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, the latest installment of its hugely popular franchise that lets gamers behave as immorally as they please in an open world setting that bears a striking resemblance to contemporary Los Angeles. The trailer shows off the shooting and driving mechanics that GTA players have long enjoyed and also shows a wide variety of activities that don’t involve criminal mayhem, including golfing, scuba diving and skydiving. Or put another way, it looks as though GTA V will be able to simulate a dream vacation as well as the perfect crime spree. The full very-not-safe-for-work video follows below. More →
The latest chapter in the widely popular and critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series has been delayed until September. Grand Theft Auto V was originally set to debut in May of this year, however Rockstar Games announced on Thursday that it will miss its original target by four months. The company revealed that it needs additional time to develop the game, although it claims that “it will be worth the extra time.” More →
With retailers now taking down preorders for Grand Theft Auto V set for a spring 2013 launch, Rockstar Games dropped a new trailer to get gamers pumped for its next open world game. Slated for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, According to Rockstar, GTA V’s world is bigger than Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas combined and will have three main playable characters: Michael, Trevor and Franklin. GTA V is set in Los Santos, the fictional recreation of Los Angeles and will have gamers taking to the sky and sea in fighter jets and scuba gear. The new trailer for GTA V follows below.
Itching for Grand Theft Auto V? While Rockstar Games has been pretty secretive outside of a trailer and a few screenshots, IGN is reporting that a European poster it believes is authentic suggests Grand Theft Auto V will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the spring next year. With no mention of PC on its signage, it’s possible that a desktop version of the game will come at a later date. It also appears the Wii U won’t be supported at launch, either. The last GTA developed specifically for current-generation consoles (discounting re-releases) was 2008′s critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto IV. IGN promises more GTA 5 news will pop up next month.