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What Is It About GTA V That Made It Sell So Much?!

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KingdomHeartsFan said:
BasilZero said:

Open World/Popular genre

Great gameplay (excluding the online cause I'm not sure about it)

Rich history/famous franchise

Great developer

GTA IV had all that going for it too though.


Yes. So...whats the issue? GTAIV sold more than 20 mil as well.



    

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Hype
2013 Social Networking
The amount of casual gamers (CoD, BF, FIFA, Madden type guys)



BasilZero said:
KingdomHeartsFan said:
BasilZero said:

Open World/Popular genre

Great gameplay (excluding the online cause I'm not sure about it)

Rich history/famous franchise

Great developer

GTA IV had all that going for it too though.


Yes. So...whats the issue? GTAIV sold more than 20 mil as well.

I'm asking how did GTA V sell so much better than GTA IV, but all the reasons you listed were there for both games.  Although they contributed to GTA V's sales they are not the reason it sold leaps and bounds more than GTA IV.



KingdomHeartsFan said:

I'm asking how did GTA V sell so much better than GTA IV, but all the reasons you listed were there for both games.  Although they contributed to GTA V's sales they are not the reason it sold leaps and bounds more than GTA IV.


People have had high expectations from playing GTAIV - although some people did not like some of the changes especially from compared to San Andreas - a lot of people loved it and brought forth a increase to the overall fanbase. I mean its been like what, 5 years since GTAIV first came out? I'm pretty sure over the years a lot of new fans have come over from either word of mouth, social networking and/or simply new gamers getting into the franchise.



    

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i believe gta iv is considered a great game by many ppl. Those who bought it resold it creating more fans than the charts tell. It sold 20 million because theres 20 illion gta iv fans



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Hype. Lots, and lots, of hype.

I mean, if you could materialize the hype, you could fill a couple hundred thousand cargo ships. And even then, post-release gameplay and word-to-word gave it even more hype.

Oh, and Rockstar are pretty bad ass.



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I believe this game could hit 50 million! There I said it.

Why you ask? I think they will double-dip a lot of sales when they eventually release PC/PS4/Xone versions. About half of my friends who already have it say they would happily buy it again for a format that gives them 1080/60fps.




GTA5 never actually had a release date til Sept 2013, that spring 2013 was BS b/c it never revealed a date. GTA4 on the other hand sold so slow b/c it was highly anticipated, it was delayed from Oct 2007, to April 2008, & most fans was expecting another San Andreas, & it was too realistic.



Marketing
Install base Edit: also both PS3 and 360 are still selling well whereas when GTA IV was released the Wii was really important.
San Andreas / not so gray like GTA 4
Genre is more popular now (Skyrim another example of doing a lot better then oblivion)
More definitive online


That is about it right there.



It was hyped beyond your comprehension.