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Gran Turismo Tops 80 Million Sales Across 20 Years

Gran Turismo's engine is still purring.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

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."

"Out of my way! I'm a motorist!

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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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #1 AceOfCakez 16 days ago
    Dang, I remember playing the original when I first got my PlayStation.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #2 donkeyintheforest 16 days ago
    looking forward to the next true GT. sport seemed like this generation's Prologue, so I went with forza 7 instead. it's a wonderful game (and still doesn't have paid lootboxes like so many reviews presumed it would and unfairly dinged it for...). i think gt6 still had the most interesting tracks and physics of any car game ive played, but earning money took too long. I miss being able to race and sell the car prizes like in the first couple generations to amass a ton of cars to experiment with. hopefully there wont be the microtransactions that skewed the progression of gt6, but there prob will be :(
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  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon #3 PlatypusPlatoon 16 days ago
    I'm sure the graphics look like ass by today's standards, but Gran Turismo 3 blew my innocent mind in 2001. Coming off the N64's blocky graphics, where Mario Kart 64 was about what you'd expect for a racing game, I had no idea that such realistic graphics were possible in only a few more short years. Even compared to other racing games of its era, Gran Turismo just looked better, and more real. I think it has less to do with polygon counts, and more with the game's immaculate lighting model; anything with realistic looking lighting will fool our brains into thinking that, yup, this is the real deal. And, hey, the game itself was pretty darn good, too.

    I've played other GT games since, but nothing was as big of a leap as GT3 was, to me.
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