As we’ve previously reported on Microsoft and EA‘s earnings call, talking about figures both financial and product-related, game publisher Take-Two’s earning call transcript released today. Courtesy of Seeking Alpha, we know specifics about how some of the company’s games fared in the second quarter of the company’s fiscal year 2017.
First during the earnings call was NBA 2K17, which “launched to stellar reviews” said Take-Two’s Strauss Zelnick. Zelnick said that 2K17 had the “strongest launch in the history of the series” and that NBA 2K had grown by 160% during the second quarter, due in part to both traditional players as well as the MyNBA 2K mobile companion app. Zelnick then transitioned to Grand Theft Auto 5.
He said that “Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online also continued to exceed out expectations,” having just previously congratulated the team at Visual Concepts that worked on NBA 2K17. Grand Theft Auto 5, which launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as PC, over three years ago with subsequent launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One within the next year, has moved a total of more than 70 million units. Grand Theft Auto Online, Zelnick continues, “remained the single largest contributor to recurrent consumer spending.”
Mafia III also fared exceptionally well. According to GameSpot, Mafia III has shipped a total of 5 million units, with the title’s launch week yielding 4.5 million of those. GameSpot also notes that the 4.5 million launch week shipments set a new record for 2K titles. Take-Two’s Karl Slatoff notes that the game, not only selling record numbers in its first week, was developed by 2K’s newest studio, Hangar 13, which is a great success to see. As more big-name companies release figures and their call transcripts become available, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, so stay tuned to Rectify Gaming.