The GTA Trilogy has just surpassed 18 million downloads on mobile in just one month according to a new report. Netflix sent out their quarterly letter to investors on Tuesday and they were thrilled to report the GTA remasters’ success.
The streaming service company revealed in their quarterly letter to investors (via gi.biz) that the remastered Grand Theft Auto trilogy became their “most successful launch to date in terms of installs and engagement“. They also added that this led to “some consumers clearly signing up simply to play these games.”
This is exactly what Netflix wanted when they paid to license GTA from Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games. It would also be interesting to know just how much exactly Netflix paid Take-Two in this deal. Take-Two currently charge Xbox around $12 to $15 million per month to have GTA V in Game Pass. The game is usually in the service for 6 months. That’s a lot of cash.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition launched on December 14th for iOS and Android devices so in just a month it has broken records for Netflix. It will be interesting to see if they decide to bring other classic Rockstar Games titles to their platform.
Huge numbers breakdown
According to mobile research company Appmagic via mobilgamer.biz, (reported by gi.biz) the trilogy of remastered GTA games have been downloaded more than 18 million times on iOS and Android devices. This is quite a feat given these mobile versions launched over 2 years prior on consoles and PC. There is a caveat though which we’ll get into in a moment.
The most popular of the trio is GTA: San Andreas which we would expect. It has clocked in over 11.6 million downloads across iOS and Android so far. The iOS version made up the bulk of that with 9.1m installs whereas the Android version was just 2.6m.
San Andreas took the crown as the single most downloaded game for Netflix beating the previous record holder Storyteller which had 9.4 million. This game released on Netflix back in September 2023.
The runner up, as expected once again, is GTA: Vice City. This had a total of 4.1 million downloads with 3.1m being from iOS and 900k+ coming from Android. Rounding out the collection is GTA III. It reached 2.4 million downloads with 700k+ coming from Android devices whereas 1.7m were from the iOS platform.
Anyone can download these three games however you must have an active Netflix subscription to play them. This may have have bumped up the numbers a bit. The “Free” price tag is enticing and some will not realise you need Netflix until opening the app. Even myself downloaded these 3 games to get screenshots of the setup process despite not having Netflix.
You can purchase the games outright for a fee too. However, those numbers appear to be relatively small. Much smaller than I had anticipated even for this two year old botched remaster.
We can see on Android less than 1000 people have purchased GTAIII and just over 1000 have bought GTA Vice City and San Andreas. This is not a good look. However, the iOS download numbers for the Netflix versions are quite high so we can suspect more than a few thousand people have purchased these games on Apple’s ecosystem.
These mobile versions actually feature improvements such as accurate lighting not seen in its PC and Console counterparts. Rockstar revealed a Classic Lighting mode to help fix a common complaint fans had with the console and PC ports. You can learn more about this feature here. It is unknown if these improvements will make their way to the PC and console releases.
Did you download these versions? Let us know down in the comments. Stay tuned to RockstarINTEL for every news update on the GTA series including GTA 6 and GTA Online.
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