Over the last few weeks, there have been several hugely successful game releases such as Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7. We also saw the next gen re-release of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The results are starting to come out. GTA V has toppled Elden Ring. This will not come to surprise to many given how successful GTA has continued to be for almost a decade now and players want to keep playing it but with enhancements.
As reported by gamesindustry.biz using data released by GSD, we have a great idea of how the latest versions of GTA V and GTA Online are performing; in short they both are doing very well.
This new version of Grand Theft Auto V was the best selling game via digital downloads in the UK last week pushing Elden Ring off the top spot for its first time since release. This made GTA V’s next gen version the second largest digital release of 2022 so far, just behind Elden Ring. We will keep you updated if GTA V outsells Elden Ring in future weeks.
On top of that, GTA Online’s performance shows the juggernaut has no sign of slowing down. GTA Online became purchasable as a standalone game last week on the Xbox Series consoles and free to PlayStation 5 owners. As it was free to download on PS5, this data is not tracked in the charts. Despite this, the sales from only Xbox Series X/S players put it in 3rd position in the digital download purchase chart beating out Gran Turismo 7. That is quite a feat.
Rockstar continues to take over the charts
Beloved Rockstar title from 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2, ended the week in 9th. The performance of these three that are not exactly brand new games shows how successful Rockstar Games continues to be.
Another bit of interesting information is the percentage of purchases per platform. The biggest piece of the pie was the PS5 taking 55%. The Xbox Series consoles version took 35%. In contrast, the last gen versions were far smaller with the Xbox One getting 6% of sales and 3% were PC gamers. The PS4 copies only amounted to 1% of the total sales.
What had an impact on this chart?
One important thing to note is that GTA V and GTA Online were being sold at a heavily discounted price on the Xbox and PlayStation stores. The retail price for the combo of both games is £34.99 but at the moment it is currently being sold on Xbox for £17.49 until June. GTA Online on its own has a charge of £8.75. And as we mentioned previously, PS5 players cannot pay for GTA Online until June as the game is free meaning they only have to pay £8.75 for both versions. This low price tag absolutely had an impact on the game’s success against full price games around £50. However, it should not diminish the success of a game being re-released on its 3rd console generation taking down new next gen focused titles.
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Thanks to gamesindustry.biz who reported this first.