An analyst reported in a note to investors that Grand Theft Auto V sales will outpace the previous installment in the series.
“Given the significantly higher installed base of relevant console platforms at launch, greater sales concentration among the top video game franchises, and unprecedented pentup demand, we expect GTA 5 to outpace GTA 4 sales, and generate roughly $1 billion in retail sales during the first month.”
That will be quite a feat. Grand Theft Auto 4 shipped 11 million units in its first month back in April 2008 and so far has sold 25 million copies since launch.
Call of Duty regularly manages 20 million units year, so it’s easy to see that after a five year absence that Grand Theft Auto could easily match and exceed that.