More than six years after it launched in October 2013, Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode continues to set records. Rockstar recently added a major new feature in the form of the new Diamond Casino update, which introduced a casino full of games to play and rewards to earn. The feature has proven immensely popular, giving GTA Online some of its biggest days ever despite the ongoing updates for another Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption 2, which sports its own Red Dead Online mode. GTA Online recently broke its record for most players in a single day (July 23) and for the entire week after launch (July 23-29).
Rockstar would not share official player counts, but the main game, Grand Theft Auto V, from which the online mode stems, has sold 110 million copies globally and an in-game census from 2014 showed GTA Online boasted over 33 million active players.
GTA Online is the online component of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, which first launched Sept. 17, 2013. Since its official release, GTA V has become the highest-grossing media title of all time, soaring past $6 billion in its lifetime.
The figure smashes records previously held by the Call of Duty video game series and blockbuster movies including The Avengers and Avatar.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “GTA totally deserves to be recognised as an icon of modern British culture, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.”
The new online update opened the doors of the Diamond Casino, which has been a building in GTA Online’s in-game world since launch. In addition to new narrative elements, the casino update introduces private, customisable penthouse suites players can purchase that house their own private screening rooms, bars and playable arcade games; exotic car shows in the casino’s parking garage; an outdoor roof terrace that sports a luxurious infinity pool and views of the Los Santos city skyline; and, of course, gambling games such as blackjack, roulette and many more features.
A full list of Grand Theft Auto V record-breaking achievements includes, Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours, Best-selling video game in 24 hours, Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion, Fastest video game to gross $1 billion, Highest grossing video game in 24 hours, Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours and Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game.
The Diamond Casino update, which is free for GTA Online players, offers a “social space” for players, something Rockstar had explored in previous updates such as last year’s After Hours content, which introduced in-game social activities such as dancing and clubbing to the game. The casino update expands upon that theme by offering players the chance to host parties in their penthouse or dance the night away at the resort’s nightclub. In addition to finally letting players into a casino where they can gamble, the update contains six new story missions and numerous other new competitive modes.
additionally, just last year it was announced GTA 5 had become the best-selling game of all time in the US, and with its frequent online updates, perhaps it should come as no surprise the game continues to outdo itself.