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zeeshan810 03-18-2009 05:56 PM

'Lost and Damned' Brings In Over $18 Million!(GOOD FOR R*)

It seems that biker gangs still have their appeal in this day and age, because GTA IV's first piece of downloadable content, The Lost and Damned, has already raked in $18 million in online sales. Interestingly enough, retail stores are selling codes to download the episodic content. According to Jesse Divich at Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, the in-store sales for the TLatD in February are expected to be less than $3 million.

This is a 6-to-1 ratio between online purchases and retail sales which Divinich expects to increase moving forward.

Is digital distribution the delivery method of the future? Will we get entire games this way? As long as it gets me that sawed off shotgun, I'm in.


lillb 03-18-2009 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by zeeshan810 (Post 1962684)
Is digital distribution the delivery method of the future? Will we get entire games this way? As long as it gets me that sawed off shotgun, I'm in.

not in the near future, eventually most likely. Downloadable games also take away the used game market which would kill gamestop/eb and such stores but make the developers more money since they will be making money off everyone who downloads the game and not just those who buy a new game
I think maybe next generation of consoles they will try to go more of the Downloads only path. The consoles would have to have massive hard drives tho. Also download speeds would have to be fast enough that you're not downloading for hours cause no one would want to do that.

Thundercracker 03-18-2009 07:29 PM

This idea would work in Japan and other technologically superior countries.

lillb 03-18-2009 07:33 PM

yea not us assbackwards americans
we're seriously falling way behind in high speed internet coverage
i wanna say we're something like 15th in the world for percentage of high speed broadband

We're 19th

GTdAve 04-18-2009 09:48 PM

I'm glad it's been so successful, but no one is ever online for team death matches! It seems most people who've played the game switch back to GTA IV for the online content.

pundit 04-19-2009 05:54 AM

Good that I know, I also wondered where everyone went, especially since it sells like hotcakes

victim 04-19-2009 06:06 AM

Only $18 million? This isn't good for Rockstar seeing as they had a $25 million dollar loan from Microsoft.

By the looks of things they haven't made a profit at all.

Ash_735 04-19-2009 08:56 AM

i heard it was $20 Million the other day (The add on was reported to have been Digitally Purchased over 1 Million Times) but we never seem to get any official figures on these damn things. And yeah, if it breaks $25 Million then R* are truely in the green from that point, or at least can be a little more laid back with Episode 2, usually Second Episodes sell less than first.

Thomas B. 04-19-2009 10:05 AM

I'm surprised at this amount actually. I really would have thought it would've made Rockstar well over 30 million. This could actually be bad for Rockstar.

X-Ecutioner 04-19-2009 08:38 PM

it woulda been double that if it was released on the ps3 as well..
which brings me to my next point, I honestly cant see rockstar cutting out half their market by not releasing it on ps3 at all.. thats bad for business

Zidane 04-21-2009 09:58 AM

Right, but it was funded by Xbox. Why the hell would they bother putting it on the PS3? :P

I think over time, more people will buy it, and it'll eventually pay off. Just not instantaneously is all.

skateordie985 08-23-2009 09:46 PM

i just bought it (love it)... i think a lot of people are still finishing up niko's massive story.

Jaytow 08-24-2009 05:12 AM

This doesnt include the 50 mil that they got from microsoft though, right?
Lets not forget that they are releasing the episodes on disk two which will probabily make a load of cash.

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