'GTA V' beats sales and trailer records
on 11/10/2013 00:00:00
Confirmation of the records comes from the only source that counts: Guinness World Records. Six of those records relate to sales, the seventh is related to the game's trailer being viewed.
The full list of which records GTA V now holds:
* Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours;
* Best-selling video game in 24 hours;
* Fastest entertainment property to gross $1bn (€739bn);
* Fastest video game to gross $1bn;
* Highest grossing video game in 24 hours;
* Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours;
* Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure game.
Those records were achieved by managing to sell 11.21m copies of the game in the first 24 hours. That equates to revenue of over $815m in the first day, rising to over $1bn by day three. Such massive sales and revenue has not just knocked games off the world record list, it has also affected movies. GTA V has surpassed Call of Duty, Avatar, and The Avengers in its quick rise to the top.
Will GTA V retain those records for a long time? A new multi-format Call of Duty game is on the horizon, but it is doubtful it will achieve the same highs of previous titles. Avatar 2 is not due until 2016, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron will not release until 2015. Gran Turismo 6 is going to be popular, but is limited to a PS3 release.