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Wall Street Expects ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ to Reap $1 Billion

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By SisiBroad | September 18, 2013 8:10 pm

“Grand Theft Auto V,” the video game featuring gangsters swimming with sharks, is forecast to generate $1 billion in sales in one month.

"Grand Theft Auto V"

“Grand Theft Auto V”

“GTA” as the game became known was a cathartic title that allowed players to recklessly rampage in a city. From running over civilians to blowing up cop cars with rocket launchers and causing multiple train pileups, the possibilities were endless.

Some of the game’s new features also seem less inclined to teenage boys, and more to a more mature gamer. Fancy playing tennis and dabbling in the stock market before investing in some real estate? Surprisingly this all seems to be part of the new title.

“Grand Theft Auto V” probably cost $150 million to make, and it will be spend $50 million to $100 million to market it

“Grand Theft Auto V” was made in Scotland by Take-Two’s Rockstar Games, founded by Dan and Sam Houser. The British brothers pioneered open-world violence embodied by titles such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption.”

The open-world format gives players freedom to explore on their own, creating scenarios that affect the overall missions. Between car heists in Southern California, “Grand Theft Auto V” players can practice yoga and scuba dive, while controlling three characters. YouTube trailers show rich, high-definition graphics set to blaring rock and rap soundtracks, helicopter gunships shooting overhead and explosions galore.

The pressure is on game publishers to prove $60 titles that take years to build have a future in an industry shaken by cheap titles for Facebook, tablets and smartphones. Since the last “Grand Theft Auto” broke opening-day records in 2008, developers have cut jobs and slashed the number of titles they make, moving content online as they seek to avoid the fate of weaker players such as THQ Inc., which went bankrupt.

It’s said that most of kids don’t want $40 games any more, they want 40 $1 games.

“Grand Theft Auto V” will definitely be another dose of the sex and violence. Go for it!

Hey, mom who plays Angry Birds, don’t you think you should consider what Grand Theft Auto is about?

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