If you're into reading 11-page documents of business big-wigs talking financials, then do we have the goods for you! It's time for publishers to relish in the cash we threw at them over the holiday period and that's a time for data and statistical analysis we can all enjoy.
Take-Two Interactive released their earnings call manuscript report today, and they're celebrating a successful few months while commenting on how things keep performing way above their expectations. Whether you find the good in that as a nice surprise to their coffers or a reason to question the skills of their analysis team can go either way; but it makes for a decent read regardless.
Getting the Chairman of the company on-call alongside the group's President and Chief Financial Officer always makes for fun with numbers, and that's exactly what we get. Kicking things off, the team talks about how Grand Theft Auto V and its Online segment continue to perform far beyond their expectations. Now having sold over 75 million copies worldwide while retaining a place as the 6th best selling game of the year despite having initially released in 2013.
But with the release of Mafia III still relatively fresh in their minds, we learn the title was a record seller for Take-Two in its first week on sale which went on push the game up to an impressive 5 million unit sell-through. Beating it, however, was NBA 2K17 which has managed to move 7 million copies while retaining its place as the highest-rated entry in the series to-date. It's well on track to become the group's highest selling sports title, which makes sense considering it's constantly listed as our most-played game within the site's tracker database.
So for those still chipping away at Mafia III and lightly complaining of what is did wrong over what it did right, there's still more content heading your way with three more story DLC packs releasing throughout the year. Let's fast-forward to 2018 and guess what they'll be focusing on then. Probably still Grand Theft Auto V.