Game sales for the 20-year-old Gran Turismo franchise surpassed 80.4 million as of May 5, says a press release distributed by Sony earlier today. Cars don't age as gracefully as fine wine or cheese, but that hefty sales number indicates Gran Turismo fans still depend on the series for good times behind the wheel.
The creator of the Gran Turismo series, Kazunori Yamauchi, is "really happy" about the news, according to the press release. "It's hard to imagine that 80.4 million copies of Gran Turismo have been played during the 20-year history of the franchise," he says. "It makes me really happy to think of the immense amount of time that has been poured into playing our games! I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the community, as well as our close friends and supporters within the automotive industry."
The first Gran Turismo game came to PlayStation in 1998 and was a smash hit with over 10 million sold. Gran Turismo 2 followed in 1999 with over 9 million sold. The latest title in the series, Gran Turismo Sport, spent a long time in development until it came to the PlayStation 4 in October 2017. Sony hasn't released sales numbers for the game yet, but some members of the Resetera message board subtracted known sales numbers from the total of 80.4 million and determined it's somewhere in the ballpark of 3.4 million sold. Those aren't official numbers, of course, so take them with a shaker of salt.
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