Since Grand Theft Auto III’s release on PlayStation 2 in 2001, the Grand Theft Auto franchise has been a mainstay in the gaming industry. And even before the next major iteration in the series – Grand Theft Auto V — comes out early next year, franchise publisher Take-Two Interactive has revealed some rather staggering news: 125 million copies of Grand Theft Auto games have, to date, been shipped.
This news comes by way of GameSpot, which reports that the number was announced by the publisher’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference. Take-Two also told GameSpot that the company has shipped 25 million copies of Grand Theft Auto IV alone.
It’s important to note that “shipped” does not mean “sold”, but it is safe to assume that very few of the 125 million shipped copies haven’t reached consumers’ hands. It’s also important to note that, at 125 million copies, Grand Theft Auto is easily one of the best-selling gaming franchises in the history of the industry, even beating out the ever-gaining momentum juggernaut that is Call of Duty.
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