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FYI: GTA V ships 32 million units, PS4 gets firmware

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Announcements

  • Grand Theft Auto V ships 32.5 million units (via Take-Two)
  • PlayStation 4 1.60 firmware adds Pulse Elite Headset support (via PS.Blog)

Media

22 minute Strider developer walkthrough

32 million units is an impressive number for one title. But as I was looking through the list of top selling games, I couldn’t help but wonder a number of things:

  1. There are a lot of Japanese games in that top 30 list
  2. I don’t think anything will ever reach that Wii Sports number in this console generation
  3. Would Ubisoft ever consider pooling all their resources into one title once every five years?
  4. Would Take Two consider following Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed route and annualize GTA instead?

Does the prestige of selling a large amount of units in one shot outweigh the risk of blowing a huge budget on a less than stellar product? Does the trust in a quality developer  trounce that same risk? I guess we won’t know until a mainline Grand Theft Auto title fails to reap in the rewards.

Strider looks brilliant. Not since Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Shadow Complex have I been this impressed by a 2.5D side scrolling adventure. I need to figure out which version I’m picking up.

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