Grand Theft Auto 5 continues to earn money by the fistful, thanks in large part to its GTA Online component. Take-Two Interactive announced recently that GTA Online just experienced its “best quarter ever,” from April through June of this year, suggesting the game will continue to be a money maker for the foreseeable future.
In both the United States and the UK, where Grand Theft Auto 5 enjoys its greatest successes, the game regularly appears near the top of any sales chart, even though it debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September of 2013. Part of that performance is owed to the fact the game is now available on five platforms (enhanced PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 ports all followed), but the rest comes down to GTA Online.
Rockstar regularly holds events in its free online mode (which is supported by microtransactions), and continues to add expanded content such as holiday-themed events and a variety of racing modes. There’s even licensed content, such as the Tron bike.
Continued success with Grand Theft Auto 5 is good news for Rockstar, which tends to spend years between releasing new titles. Its next probable success is Red Dead Redemption 2, which has been revealed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but not yet confirmed for PC.
With Grand Theft Auto 5 continuing to perform above expectations, it likely will be quite some time before we hear anything about a proper follow-up. Why risk wounding the golden goose?