Millions and millions: Mortal Kombat, Dead Island and GTA hit sales benchmarks

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One million of anything is quite a lot by anyone’s standard, be it toasters, plush toys or money (well, depending on where you live).

Millions and Millions... of Plush Toys

One million units of a videogame, however, is a very special number ‒ if you manage to sell or even ship that many copies of your game, it’s safe to say you’ve got a bit of a success on your hands.

So it’s encouraging to hear that three games have recently hit this sales and shipment benchmark, either for the first time or many times over, as is the case with Mortal Kombat, Dead Island and Grand Theft Auto IV this week.

Mortal Kombat

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has today revealed that the latest iteration of the Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise: Mortal Kombat, has exceeded three million units in sales worldwide, “making it the highest-selling fighting game” in 2011.

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Mortal Kombat went on sale across Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in April this year, and now here in mid-September, the game has managed to rack up a very impressive sales tally, with four sets of downloadable character packs having been released since launch to support the brutal fighting shenanigans of these three million players.

Creative Director at developer NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, remarked on this sales performance:

“All of us at NetherRealm Studios are very excited that players have embraced Mortal Kombat. The game was a labour of love for us and we could not be more pleased with its performance. Fan reaction to this latest instalment has made all of our hard work worth it.”

Dead Island

Having only just been released around the world on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, publisher Deep Silver has announced that the zombie-infested Dead Island has topped the one million units shipped mark, and by the end of the week, it’s expected to have added another million units to this total.

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Developed by Techland, Dead Island has already claimed the top position on sales charts around the world, including North America, the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Spain, Austria and Italy. And Steam.

CEO of Koch Media, Klemens Kundratitz, enthused:

“Our new IP Dead Island has already proven to be a huge success on a global scale for Deep Silver only one week after its release in North America. With Dead Island a number 1 in several important retail territories, this success has also confirmed our standing as a global publisher and has once again proven our position as Europe’s No. 1 retail distributor.”

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IVTake-Two recently announced that the publisher’s enormously successful Grand Theft Auto series continues to chug along as the latest entry to the franchise, Grand Theft Auto IV, has shipped over 22 million copies around the world.

Speaking at the annual ThinkEquity Growth conference, Take-Two head Strauss Zelnick revealed the number, adding that the GTA franchise as a whole has shipped 114 million units.

Zelnick also mentioned sales for other of Take-Two’s published games, including Red Dead Redemption (12.5 million units), Midnight Club (18.5 million), Civilization (11 million), Bioshock (9 million), Carnival Games (8 million) and Max Payne (7.5 million).

Millions and millions ‒ that’s a lot of games!

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