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Grand Theft Auto V
GTA IV reportedly accounts for 25 million of the total games shipped

The Grand Theft Auto franchise has been very popular over the years and has also spawned some serious hate for the video game industry as a whole. Some have alleged that video games such as the GTA franchise make players violent.

Despite any bad publicity that the GTA franchise may have garnered, the game has hit a significant milestone with 125 million copies shipped to date. The 125 million figure is up 11 million copies from the 114 million units Take-Two announced had shipped by September 2011.
No details on how the 125 million unit number breaks down per title from the franchise were offered by Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick.

Zelnick likens the sporadic release schedule for games in the GTA franchise to James Bond films saying that just as with Bond films, the GTA release schedule keeps the franchise "special."

Zelnick said of Activision's COD release schedule, "It's our view that if you want intellectual properties to be permanent, then you run the risk in that circumstance of having consumers fall out of love with that franchise. [Activision] obviously views the world differently."

To prove his point Zelnick pointed out that Black Ops II didn't perform as well as Modern Warfare 3, signaling that the COD franchise is slowing.

"That's never been the case with one of ours," he said. "Ours do better each time. Our view is it's hard to make permanent intellectual properties if you annualize it, with the exception of sports titles. So far, that's proven to be the case. IP that is annualized eventually seems to hit the wall and we don't want our IP to hit the wall."

The next game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise will be GTA V, which is due in Spring 2013. The game’s second official trailer surfaced earlier this month.

Source: GameSpot

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RE: Oh Shut Up
By StevoLincolnite on 11/28/2012 10:46:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah. Waiting 10 years for a new game is a little rough though, almost as bad as "Valve time".

Personally, I don't mind buying a new game in a franchise on a yearly basis, provided it's a franchise I really enjoy and that innovation exists in each release and not just a re-skin of an old game.

RE: Oh Shut Up
By kleinma on 11/28/2012 11:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think that is the point. It really takes more than a year to come up with a quality concept, quality script, create the content, and then go through all the channels of testing and tweaking before going gold and getting the game to market.

Games like madden simply update their rosters and tweak the gameplay, but like the article said, sports games sell each year because people like to be current with that and it mirrors the actual real sport they likely follow.

COD gets boring and redundant because they have the same approach, but its just a new set of maps and a new set of perks. Now I am not saying mess with success, you don't want to overhaul things and lose what brought people to it in the first place, but they don't have the time it takes to do really good refinedment.

The other side of the coin is that while GTA4 had a multiplayer mode, the game was first and foremost a single player game, which takes more time to get right than a COD type game which has a single player mode as more of an after thought, because everyone just wants to play online.

RE: Oh Shut Up
By ClownPuncher on 11/28/12, Rating: -1
RE: Oh Shut Up
By SPOOFE on 11/28/2012 8:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
They must have spent all that time cutting content.

Bring back my miles and miles of empty landscape devoid of life or anything interesting, please!

RE: Oh Shut Up
By maugrimtr on 11/29/2012 10:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
Taking a long drive between cities and exploring everything between was one of San Andreas' great features. I want to play it again just thinking about it. GTA IV was a far denser area, true, and graphically superior in all aspects but it was just a gigantic city blur. Some player love the exploration facet and sandboxing offered before GTA IV.

RE: Oh Shut Up
By ClownPuncher on 11/29/2012 2:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
There was a lot more to do in San Andreas. Not just empty space.

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