Friday, December 10, 2010

Gran Turismo Series Celebrates 60 Million Served

Sony has announced that Gran Turismo has sold 5.5 million units in just a little under the two weeks that it's been available at retail. That's a very nice number.

Nicer still is that, with that milestone, the GT series as a whole has reached a another- 60 million sold globally throughout the history of the franchise. That includes the Playstation, PS2, PSP, and PS3 versions of the popular racer. The best seller were GT3 A-Spec in North America, GT4 in Europe, and the original Gran Turismo in Japan. Interestingly, the Japanese sales are way lower than the rest of the world- I was under the impression that GT was quite popular in the land of the rising sun. Guess not.

Oh, and the worst selling GT? That would be the PSP version, which had pretty poor numbers across the board. Not exactly a shock since this is the PSP we're talking about, but the portable version of GT is a great game in it's own right- too bad there were so few that got to enjoy it.

Click through the break for stats (see how many you've bought over the years) and the full release-

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that the cumulative worldwide sales of the Gran Turismo® franchise, a genre-defining racing and car-life simulator available on PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3 (PS3®) and PSP®(PlayStation®Portable), has exceeded 60 million units* as of 6 December 2010.  This remarkable sales figure was achieved in just 12 years and 11 months since the Japanese launch of the first title in the franchise, Gran Turismo, in December 1997.

The Gran Turismo franchise, from the original Gran Turismo to the latest Gran Turismo®5, has continued to evolve alongside the PlayStation platforms.  With its outstanding game play, beautiful graphics and true to life driving simulation, the franchise is recognized as the world's number one automotive game title on the PlayStation format, receiving high regard not just from game fans, but also from professional racing drivers and members of the automotive industry.

The ninth installment of the world's best-selling racing franchise, Gran Turismo 5
for the PS3 system, features a completely new physics engine for an improved feel for steering during turns and drifts, delivering a more intuitive driving experience than ever before.  The game also features an impressive line-up of more than 1,000 licensed cars from the world's top manufacturers.  Other highly anticipated features include stereoscopic 3D support, real-time car damage, dynamic weather effects and a deep online and community feature set where players can race online with up to 16 players through PlayStation®Network.  With the widest scope and depth of gameplay options in the Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo 5 offers users an entertainment experience that is only possible on PS3.  As of 6 December, more than 5.5 million units of Gran Turismo 5 have been sold worldwide. Gran Turismo 5 will further continue to contribute to the expansion of the PS3 platform.
For all Gran Turismo fans around the world, SCEI and the developer of the Gran Turismo series - Polyphony Digital Inc., will continue hereon to vigorously promote development of the Gran Turismo series, which can be expected to evolve even further through the PS3 platform and broadband network environment.
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Cumulative Worldwide Sales of Gran Turismo Series (million units)
TitleJapanNorth AmericaEurope AsiaWW
Gran Turismo2.553.984.270.0110.81
Gran Turismo 21.713.963.650.029.34
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec1.897.145.760.0114.80
Gran Turismo Concept 2001 TOKYO*10.43--0.940.131.50
Gran Turismo 4 Prologue0.79--0.390.161.34
Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue*20.531.
Gran Tursimo (PSP)0.320.671.190.042.22
Gran Turismo 50.551.253.560.165.52
*1: Including series tiles
*2: Including Download Version and Spec?

Title Release Dates in Europe

Gran Turismo                                      8 May 1998
Gran Turismo 2                                               28 January 2000
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec                                   20 July 2001
Gran Turismo Concept 2001 TOKYO 17 July 2002
Gran Turismo 4 Prologue                     26 May 2004

Gran Turismo 4                                               9 March 2005
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue                     28 March 2008
Gran Turismo (PSP)                                         1 October 2009
Gran Turismo 5                                                24 November 2010

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