Saints Row IV #1 at the top for 4 weeks.


Saints Row IV still top of UK chart, three new entries in top 40

It’s a fourth week on top for Saints Row IV, but probably its last with GTA V’s release this week sure to shake up the UK charts.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix for PS3 is close on its heels, entering the chart at number 2. It’s not bad for a remake of a 2002 PlayStation 2 title, especially considering the original game only ever managed to reach 35 on the UK charts.

The week’s other new entries were EA’s NHL 14 at 11, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection at 25, and Sony’s The Puppeteer, which only just made it into the charts at 40.

UKIE Games Charts courtesy of GfK Chart-Track

Last Week This Week Title
1 1 Saints Row IV
New entry 2 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
3 3 Diablo III
4 4 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
5 5 Disney Infinity
6 6 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
7 7 Payday 2
13 8 LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes
12 9 LEGO Lord Of The Rings
2 10 Rome: Total War II
New entry 11 NHL 14
17 12 Max Payne 3
9 13 Rayman Legends
Re-entry 14 Assassin’s Creed III
8 15 Killzone Mercenary
14 16 FIFA 13
Re-entry 17 Need For Speed Most Wanted
Re-entry 18 Far Cry 3
15 19 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
Re-entry 20 Grand Theft Auto IV

Report: Grand Theft Auto V’s Development and Marketing Budget is £170 million/$266 Million

We’re now seven days away from Grand Theft Auto V stealing away all your time with its 100 hours of gameplay, but on the business side of things, Scottish newspaper The Scotsman is reporting that the development and marketing budget for GTA V is £170 million (about $266 million).

Brian Baglow, who previously worked at Rockstar and is the Founder of Scottish Games Network, talked about Grand Theft Auto:

By any sort of commercial scale, Grand Theft Auto is easily Scotland’s largest cultural export ever. The series has sold something like 135 million copies so far. It’s coming up to 17 years since GTA began and it’s become something I don’t think anyone involved with the original game would have expected.

The series has come on not just in leaps and bounds, but in long jumps since then. It’s become far more than the sum of its parts, it’s a fully global phenomenon. This is the fifth major release, and the nice thing is that all of them have been made here in Scotland.

Baglow also tackled the controversy that always surrounds the GTA series:

For many people in power globally, GTA is just a great big red flashing light because it’s perceived as something bad and violent, defined by tabloid hysteria. But if the series was just about gratuitous violence, it would not have achieved the sales and success it has.

It is a massive cultural and creative success. It’s arguably bigger than the next Star Wars film, and the games industry has been behind GTA from the get-go. I’d really like to see the UK government acknowledge the fact one of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world was made here.

Now, if The Scotsman is correct in their reporting, it would mean that Grand Theft Auto V has a higher budget than Grand Theft Auto IV and many other games, which you can see in this graph by WCCFTech:

Will you be lining up at midnight for Grand Theft Auto V next week? Let us know in the comments below.