Rockstar’s open world crime sim is expected to bring in roughly $100 million when it launches on PC and new-gen.
If this prediction proves true this would lead to an estimated $100 million in revenue for Rockstars parent company Take-Two Interactive.
Research conducted by Cowen and Company following E3 predicts total sales of 8 to 10 million copies of GTA V across PS4, Xbox One and PC, although it has been noted that pre-orders began to slow in June.
Compared to the 34 million copies of GTA V so far sold for PS3 and Xbox 360, the sales of the game when it comes to PC and latest generation consoles could logically be more modest given that many players will have already moved on from the game. With a new influx of big titles set to start launching in the run-up to Christmas there will be some stiff competition too.
Income from GTA V’s online component, currently estimated at between $30 to $40 million by Sterne Agee is also likely to spike, with Bhatia attributing the rise to "the launch of major DLC." This could be in the shape of new single player content or from the introduction of online co-op Heists, a feature gamers on GTA Online are still eager to get their hands on after Rockstar have so far failed to deliver on their Heists promise.
Bhatia is also cited as saying Take-Two is now capable of maintaining "meaningful and sustainable profitability in the non-GTA years." Given this, the continuing profits to be made from GTA V and its multiplayer make a possible GTA VI look less likely in the short term.
This could lead to a new game from Rockstar from outside the Grand Theft Auto franchise, such as a new Red Dead Redemption game.
With regards to a release of GTA V on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Bhatia concurs with “recent speculation” that the game is most likely to arrive in November.
If you’ve moved on from GTA V on PS3 or Xbox 360 will you be coming back for a version on the newest consoles or for potential new DLC? If you’re a PC gamer are you eager to get going with GTA V, or are there bigger fish to fry with the slew of new games coming later this year?