Rockstar Games has been called every name under the sun for re-releasing GTA Online on both Xbox Series X|S and PS5, but new data shows exactly why they’re not rushing into a GTA 6 launch.
It’s no secret that GTA Online has been a success perhaps even far greater than its developers ever imagined. First released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Grand Theft Auto V has not showed signs of slowing down – whether it’s been the addition of a casino, new heists, or further map changes.
That all being said, some quarters of the game’s community raised their eyebrow in disbelief when the developers rolled out a next-gen trailer during their PS5 reveal event last June. They were all expecting to see a flash of GTA 6, even if it was something as brief as Elder Scrolls 6 – but nothing.
Just months until that elusive November 2021 release date for GTA Online’s next-gen (current-gen, now) expansion, new data certainly backs up the slow and steady approach taken by Rockstar.
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On August 2, it was reported by Daniel Ahmad that they had surpassed 150 million units sold, adding to a whopping 350 million for the franchise.
Therefore, it also reaffirms the point that Grand Theft Auto V is by far the greatest commercial success in the series’ history.
Rockstar Games has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V has surpassed 150 million units sold in.
The franchise has sold in over 350 million units. The next gen version of GTA V / GTA Online is set to launch this holiday. pic.twitter.com/yGbKQCO3M8
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) August 2, 2021
GTA Online player count increases
That’s not the only piece of data that explains why the GTA Online steam train isn’t stopping any time soon.
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It has also been reported that GTA Online received a 72% increase of new players in the last quarter, according to Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive.
GTA Online received a 72% increase of new players during the last quarter – Take-Two pic.twitter.com/DJj1rpcuOJ
— Ben (@videotech_) August 2, 2021
While it might be negative news for all of those GTA 6 clue finders and people expecting to see a new game in the near future, it does go some way to explain why they’re not in a hurry.
By the time GTA 6 finally does come out, with a leaked launch apparently set for 2025, just think what that figure could be – especially when you consider the next-gen expansion.