Two years after the release of the mega-hit "Vice City", Rockstar Games presents us with their last chapter in the Grand Theft Auto book, "San Andreas". Set during the 90's in the pseudo-California state, we hit the streets of three cities with Carl Johnson, our newly met gangster.
The title was surrounded by enormous hype during its development, and is widely recognised to have passed the expectations set upon it. This new addition to the Grand Theft Auto series has been warmly welcomed by the general public, and has strengthened Rockstar Games' position at the head of the industry. It has also sold over 20 million copies to date, no small accomplishment.
Boasting partnerships with leaders of the entertainment industry such as Interscope Records and Universal Music, Rockstar aims to compliment their game with one of the strongest soundtracks ever in a video game.
In a press release ending the fiscal year of 2004, Take 2 Games announced the success of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The title alone brought in 54% of the fourth quarter sales of 2004. The latest sales numbers have passed $300 million, and the title has set records in the UK for the fastest selling video game title. According to NPDFunworldSM data, San Andreas was the top selling PlayStation 2 title in the United States in October and November 2004, and has so far brought in close to 30% more revenue than its predecessor Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
In an attempt to maximise exposure and bring the game to a wider market, Rockstar Games announced that it is planning a simulatenous release of San Andreas on PC and XBOX in the summer of 2005.