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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ships

Grand Theft Auto

Rockstar have announced that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has shipped to retailers in North America. The game will also be available in Europe this Friday. San Andreas is the next installment in a gaming franchise that has sold over 32 million units to date, including over 13 million units of Vice City and over 11 million units of Grand Theft Auto 3.

The news agency Reuters also reckon that the game will sell 4.5 million copies in the first week, which could make it one of the top sellers of all time. “This will be one of the few video games to sell more copies than the preceding version,” said American Technology Research analyst P.J. McNealy. “The expectations are 13-15 million for this one,” he added. At about $50 each, first-week sales of 4.5 million units would equal about $225 million. Should it reach 15 million units, sales of “San Andreas” would beat U.S. and Canada box office sales of the film “Titanic” by more than $100 million.

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