If you thought Rockstar’s GTA V managing to stay in the weekly charts — nearly five years after it originally released — was something to behold, figures published today by the Entertainment Retailers Association should make for even more bewildering reading. In 2017 alone, Grand Theft Auto V managed to sell more than a million copies in both physical and digital units combined, in the UK alone.
Overall the game was third in the best-selling video games in the country for that year, behind Call of Duty: WW2 and FIFA 18 — the latter managing to rack up nearly 2.7 million copies sold across all platforms. While Nintendo and Bethesda were absent from ERA’s listing, it’s important to note that both companies don’t release retail/digital sales figures of its games outside of its own financial reports. Perhaps the most notable highlight of the top ten best-selling games is Vicarious Visions’ acclaimed remaster/remake of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, the N. Sane Trilogy, selling through a total of 651,354 copies — beating out the likes of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands and fellow PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Despite the continued increase in digital sales for games — in the UK specifically, this rose by more than 13% to around a revenue of £1.6 billion (roughly $2.2 billion) — retail boxed software managed to buck the trend of declining physical sales with a slight increase of around 3% to £790 million ($1.08 billion).