While only available since December 17, the boxed version of GTA Trilogy is no longer in the UK’s top 40 best-selling video games. Rockstar seemed, however, to have sought to cool the atmosphere by delaying the release of these physical copies for a week.
A big name can sell, but sooner or later a scratch in its image will curb the craze. Used to walking on water for many years, especially via GTA 5, Rockstar had all the confidence of its public by announcing a remastering of its first GTA 3D.
November 11, 2021 landed Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, a title maybe as long as the list of its faults. This compilation landed in such a blameworthy state that the PC version was withdrawn from sale and then re-marketed, fixes were deployed and the physical version of this reworked trilogy was delayed.
UK: GTA Trilogy lost 70% of sales in week two
Let’s talk about this physical release, because Rockstar had chosen to launch its GTA Trilogy in dematerialized form before opening the physical doors to it. After a first release on November 11 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S / X, Switch and PC (via the Rockstar Games Launcher), this collection was supposed to land in stores on December 7 of the same year. It took ten more days to be able to acquire this very palpable version (except on Switch where it should not arrive until early 2022).
In view of the reception of this GTA Trilogy in the British shops, one is entitled to wonder who was patient until this release. Indeed, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition no longer appears in the top 40 of the best-selling video games in the UK. The compilation started in eighth place, before the following week it dropped to twenty-third after a 70% drop in sales. Among Us has also experienced a similar fate, but probably more due to a game being played for very little money, by setting aside the subscriptions requested on consoles for access to online gaming.