Grand Theft Auto Online enjoyed its best ever quarter in the period spanning 1st April to 30th June – despite the game being almost four years old. Take-Two confirmed the tidbit during an earnings call earlier today, where it revealed that the mode smashed “sales expectations and was the single largest contributor to recurrent consumer spending”. The scary thing is that the multiplayer component is fuelled entirely by microtransactions, so fans must be spending big on Shark Cards and other monetised items.
It’s no major surprise that the online mode is doing well considering Grand Theft Auto V’s ongoing popularity, but we can’t help but wonder what the future holds for Red Dead Redemption 2 – and other upcoming Rockstar releases. The label’s success is built on some of the greatest single player games ever made, but if Grand Theft Auto Online is significantly driving profits four years after launch and showing no signs of slowing down, then perhaps those days of 30 hour solo stories are coming to an end.