Grand Theft Auto 5, Helmed By A Brooklyn Heights Resident Sets Video Game Sales Record

Brooklyn Heights resident/Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser must be a happy man tonight. The fifth installment of his Grand Theft Auto video game series generated $800 million dollars in sales in its first 24 hours on the market this week. Take Two, the game’s publisher, says that this marks the highest first day ever for the GTA series as well as for the company.

So what will Houser and company do for an encore? He tells Polygon:

“I do not know what the future of anything is aside from the next few days and then Oct. 1,” he said. “At some point in the next weeks and months, [lead producer Leslie Benzies and artist Aaron Garbut and co-founder Sam Houser] and myself will have to actually think about what we’re doing next, and if we’re going to do anything. You know, maybe we’ll go ‘Well it’s enough now.’ But hopefully … we’ll see.”

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  • Pineappler

    I didn’t know co-founder of Rock Star lived in Brooklyn Heights. I wonder if that’s why Hero Shop on Livingston St made it into GTA IV.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Grand Theft Auto is a decadent production – cruel, violent, misogynist, stylish. An aspect of the decadence is the praise heaped on it because it makes a lot of money.

  • MonroeOrange

    So does that mean everyone in BH gets a free copy of the game? and ill also need a Playstation too. Thanks Neighbor!

  • Frank Underhill

    Truman Capote only had to depict 4 murders to be able to live in 70 Willow back in the 1950’s. Now it takes thousands of murders. That’s inflation for you.

  • Are You Kidding?

    The last thing we need to do is draw attention to this vile, repulsive and repugnant Grand Theft Auto “game.” It is among the most outrageously violent in the violent game repertoire that have figured so prominently in the activities of the recent Navy Yard mass murderer and many before him. How a civil society can enable a generation of our impressionable youth to be desensitized to the gratuitous violence contained in GTA is simply inexplicable. Anyone associated with the creation and distribution of this repulsive “game” content, no less the founder of the company, is persona non grata in my book.

  • David on Middagh

    And that’s witty social commentary!