Gran Turismo series sales hit 67.8 million

Polyphony Digital updates sales info for long-running racing series; PS2 game Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec the top performer at 14.89 million.

Gran Turismo 5 may have taken a while to come to market, but the wait appears to have paid off. Polyphony Digital updated sales figures for the entire franchise recently, revealing the series has shifted 67.89 million units since it launched in the late 90s with the original Gran Turismo.

The newest entry in the series--Gran Turismo 5--has sold 9.1 million units to date, but it was not the top performer of all games in the franchise. That award goes to PlayStation 2 game Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, which has sold 14.89 million copies to date.

The Gran Turismo series does not seem to be slowing down. Not only is Gran Turismo 6 rumored to be in development, but also a PlayStation Vita version.

The full franchise sales breakdown, ordered by release, is below:

Gran Turismo - 10.85 million
Gran Turismo 2 - 9.37 million
Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec - 14.89 million
Gran Turismo Concept Series - 1.56 million
Gran Turismo 4 Prologue - 1.4 million
Gran Turismo 4 - 11.6 million
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - 5.35 million
Gran Turismo PSP - 3.86 million
Gran Turismo 5 - 9.01 million

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Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

They sold so much cuz the game was bundeled with PS3Slim, i got my Slim with GT5 on it,i never played it.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

One of the few games Sony actually made good money off of. Only GT3 held my attention for a minute.

blackace
blackace

Series has been going down hill since GT3, which was the best of the bunch. I'm surprised they made so much on the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo. What a waste of money. People pay like $15-$20 for a demo that should have been FREE. Then they went out and spent $59.99 on the full version of the game that didn't turn out that well. Sony was the clear winner here as they milked their GT fans. I actually waited and got GT5 like a year after released for $25. Then I got a new PS3 320GB Slim bundle with Uncharted 3, GT5 SE and CoD:MW3 include for $298. lol!! That's how you beat Sony.

Alen-K
Alen-K

Really dissapointed with GT5. Wasn't  worth the wait. I expected more customization. Especially being on PS3. Not ps1 or ps2. PS3

 

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

They made 5.35 million dollars on a demo, how the heck. All in all though congrats to Polyphony and Kazunori Yamauchi, and thank you for keeping the series pure.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Well, I am not one of the 67.8 million. It's too bad I haven't liked racing games since I was 19, actually I haven't missed them one bit.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

Never knew the franchise was so popular..

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

The only other racing series that I would put in the same breath as GT is Forza, and thats a distant second. GT put to same the racing genre and is one of the few franchise where every main line game sells well and is critically recieved. And for the record I dont think anything will ever top GT 3, what a masterpiece.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

I'm actually glad GT doesn't dish out a game every year like Forza has started doing.  Forza might be great to many right now but eventually the innovation and ideas will dry out and it will be copy and paste. COD is a great example of this. I'm sure you all know.

megaspiderweb09
megaspiderweb09

This game seem to be aging very well. Am i the only who finds it funny that Forza has had several releases this gen compared to just only one GranTurismo

digi-demon
digi-demon

GT5 - considering all the updated added to this (nearly every month since release) I would expect tis game to be THE perfect GT.... and while things have improved, its still obvious GT4 is the far superior game.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Ah good Gran Turismo. I still have my copies of the first four games, a imported Gran Turismo 4 prolouge and a imported Gran Turismo Concept. Good times.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Gran Turismo has always been a huge, huge seller up there with the Halos and Marios in terms of volume. This isn't a surprise, save for those that never realized GT's success. Of course, with the PS3's smaller install base (65+ million), GT hasn't hit the PS2 GT4 numbers yet (those games have been out years long as well), but it's pretty damn close, which is impressive considering the length of time for each title on the market, and the install bases for each system.

 

June 2006's Gran Turismo 4 - 11.6 million (150+ million PS2s)

Nov. 2010's Gran Turismo 5 - 9.01 million (65+ million PS3s)

 

 

Also, I read this news yesterday GS, way too slow!

 

I'm not even a GT fan, but I've known for years this series was an 800 pound gorrilla in the sales dept.

BrainFriiz
BrainFriiz

Really?  Did they make these figures up?  I don't know anyone who has this game.  I rarely hear of any hype for this game.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

GT3 was the ish... I hope GT6 is more like that one with more customization as well.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

congrats....

 

lems are always going to bring up yea but teh forza scores....

victorlamy
victorlamy

well thats a random ass number.

 

gt5 was pretty good but...the development cycle could've been shorter

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

GT3 A-Spec was an awesome game! I remember playing it for hours trying to get all golds for the licenses. Good times...

leeko_link
leeko_link

The only version of GT I enjoy was Gran Turismo 2, every game after it seem to be more of the same though only look better. Fortunately I enjoy the Burnout and WipEout series more.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

i remember the first time i played a GT game on PS1 i was amazed and addicted to it lol

Philly04
Philly04

Well GT5 is the first in it's series for me to own and love. Since I'm here has anyone played GRID? Wish they make another title of that instead of the DIRT series.

 

GRID got me back into racing games which lead me to buy GT5.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

GT6 started development when they shipped GT5, hence why we got DLC cars and courses in GT5, that stuff is going to GT6.  Bathurst and Silverstone are also coming to GT series as those two courses were being scanned by PD crew late last year and earlier this year, not sure what other courses will be added, but I do hope to see Sebring, Road Atlanta and Hockenhiem Ring to name a few much needed courses. A PS Vita version would be a waste of resources, just take GT5 and cut the garbage out of that and add the DLC cars to it and streamline it and there you go GT Vita.

Now lets hope that PD actually have input from gamers this time around, we want deeper tuning like we had in GT 1 and 2, more Race Modding like in GT2(there was a crapload of cars that had RM performed and some came with multiple color schemes), update courses to reflect a real race venue, loud crowds, actual ambient noise(announcer, paging, air horns, odd plane fly by), wind that actually interacts with track environment(trees should swap in the breeze, especially on the Nur). Car showroom should have realistic options that actually come with cars, if I buy a Camaro SS it should have options (LT1,LT2, etc..)like striping, body kit parts, things that actually change the performance as well. Make it a little more personal, it would actually be interesting if they add in the "free roam" Kaz talked about, you can drive to your dealer or not. Anyway the game should be deeper as they tend to release a game ever so often, it would bode well to be deep as hell. Oh how about letting us use real measurements this time, that weird Turismo speak is off putting to say the least, and cars that come stock with adjustable parts should be so in the game no question about it. So many things to list, I just hope PD were paying attention to what they are doing, they claim to love cars so they should get these things correct more than not.

EPaul
EPaul

Sony's True System Seller

Shatilov
Shatilov

This is one of the best franchises that Sony own. 

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

I've played and loved every GT in the series. And now they are the last true racing simulator on consoles.

extraexcited
extraexcited

@Ratchet_Fan8 that dont mean it sold because of bundles. people outright bought the game. best selling franchise to date.

blackace
blackace

 @kiramasaki GT3 was great and was the king for it's time. No question about that. GT4 wasn't too bad either. The new king however is Forza 4. Which is clearly better then GT4 and GT5 overall.

blackace
blackace

 @thebeachguy90 The GT games have been taking 3-5 yrs to make which is ridiculous, especially after seeing the results. Turn 10 made a better game from Forza 3 to Forza 4 is much less time.

blackace
blackace

 @megaspiderweb09 

Aging well? It's the same game as the PS1 with more cars, better graphic, extra modes and a multiplayer online feature. The AI is almost identical. It took Polyphony almost 5 years to produce a lacklustered GT5 that was missing promised features.

alchie11
alchie11

Adding onto your analysis, one of the reasons why GT3 did so well compared to the rest of the series is because of the visual quality. It was a huge quality jump between PS1 and PS2 - from noticeable pixels to near-HD or like going from 2D to 3D.Furthermore, out of the series, I found GT2 the best of the bunch because of its enormousness car selection. GT3 was the same game as GT2 (same tracks, content, cars), but with fewer car selection - which didn't matter because of the stunning quality. The fewer car selection was one of the reasons I didn't keep my GT3 (but still have GT2).There really isn't a huge visual jump between PS2 and PS3 (when the content is viewed on smaller screens - before the 32+ inch era became a norm), so I would count that as one of the factors GT5 hasn't caught up to the sales of GT3. GT5's focus was more for the physics, bringing back more car selection, more tracks, like the Nurburgring and adding extra content like the Top Gear test track and so on. It was also made harder or more challenging because unlike GT2 and GT3, I failed several times trying to pass a license test.That said, I would be really interested to see how and what PD brings for GT6 in terms of the visual quality. Will there be any noticeable quality improvements outside of the cars itself such as the audience or architecture of the surroundings, the sky or clouds to look more realistic than a painting.

greenbnut
greenbnut

@BrainFriiz Do you live under a rock?

snaketus
snaketus

 @BrainFriiz It's not hyped because it's not xbox exclusive. Check out Forza and how much attention it gets on this site and every other, because of xbotters. Too bad all of these sites that are writen in english is full of them.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @BrainFriiz This game series has been huge forever. Just because the crowd you hang with doesn't care, doesn't mean it's not huge.

 

I've known about GT's massive sales for years...and I'm not even a GT fan. It's Sony's Mario and Halo in terms of huge blockbuster sellers.

Vatusus
Vatusus

 @BrainFriiz Are you american? Or from anywhere else but Europe? Cause in Europe GT is trully a BIG deal. GT and FIFA are mainly what most europeans care about.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

 @jsmoke03 lol yeah, it's kind of like Forza is COD and GT is Battlefield... We all know which one is a more realistic experience.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

 @victorlamy you have to thank gt2 and the car erasing glitch and no 100% completion glitch for that. kaz vows never to bring gt to the market until it was ready

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

 @deadpeasant Nonsense. Just nonsense.

 

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE my PS3. It's by far my most favourite console this gen, but to say the above is just shash. Forza beats the pants off GT, and not only that, was able to manage 3 releases at a better quality than GT, in a shorter time-span than it took for GT-5 alone. There was so much wrong with GT-5, I didn't know where to begin.

 

I did still get some enjoyment out of GT-5, it wasn't a "bad game" in that sense, it just didn't measure up to any of it's predecessors, and certainly looked pale compared to the now mighty Forza.

drwaldy
drwaldy

 @deadpeasant You can be a GT fan boy and that's fine. I loved GT on PS and PS2 as well... but to completely disregard Forza in saying GT is the "last true racing simulator on consoles" is silly. There is a world outside of Playstation you know.

blackace
blackace

 @SolidTy  @BrainFriiz 

What's funny is Mario Kart Wii has outsold the GT series for this gen and last gen with 32.4+ million. Now that is a massive sales. Yes, GT & FF have always been Sony's big sellers.

BrainFriiz
BrainFriiz

 @SolidTy Hah, I knew it was huge.  Back when I was in high school a lot of people raved over the games.  The crowd I hang with doesn't play any games I play anyway. XD  I have to buy the latest Halo/CoD to play with them.

blackace
blackace

 @Vatusus  @BrainFriiz 

Yeah.. it's really only big in Europe and Japan. It had a decent following in America when it was on the PS1, but most American's have switched to a better game called Forza 4. Because it's an American made game it doesn't sell very well in Japan. Sales in Europe have been ok though.

 

Where Europe has FIFA, American has Madden NFL.

Philly04
Philly04

@Wakkawipeout Are you my angel? Fuk yea Grid 2. Hope they don't eff it up

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

 @SicklySunStorm  lol just... no.

 

Racing simulators should be about the "driving" first... In that department, it doesn't even come close. Now if you like crashing and painting your cars hot pink with Hello Kitty logos... Sure, Forza is for you.

rannoni
rannoni

 @SicklySunStorm  @deadpeasant 

 

u cant even compare the 2... GT isnt just a racing simulator, but its the mmo of racing games... so much content in this game that its not even funny...i have nothing agens forza...

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

 @SicklySunStorm  @deadpeasant Love me some Forza, but when GT5 sells more than both FM4 and FM3 combined that does say a lot.  Anyway FM3 wasn't that great, undefeatable steering assist that helped you keep your car pointed in the right direction was a pain in the ass and then you have courses that weren't even modeled correctly and still aren't in FM4, Suzuka and the Nurburging are both modeled wrong in many ways. Loved the tuning and painting and car clubs though, they tear GT5 a new one ha ha. Still though I play both, but when it comes down to it I'll stick to GT5 with my G25 to drive and FM4 for racing against mad denizens online(when I'm not getting the crash system bug), they really need to fix that mess, freaking annoying as hell.

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @blackace  Well, they aren't direct competition but there's wheels involved, but funny? That's reserved for comedians. Eh. Unless I make these games, I don't care. I don't own GT5, but I do own every single Mario Kart, so I can vouch it has wide appeal.

 

Gran Turismo series sales hit 67.8 million. It's a whopper. It wasn't one year ago that angry fanboys claimed this game was not selling. I don't track sales, but I did tell them this was a huge selling franchise, Sony's Halo or Mario as it were. They didn't understand. Perhaps this article will articulate that point.

BTW : There is always things outselling things, yep, true story.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

 @BrainFriiz  @Vatusus Yea,  I live in America too and rarely do you hear people talk about PS3 exclusives period.  That's why many here think Playstation is on the decline when it's actually not. Highly popular in other parts of the world. Xbox just happens to dominate in this region.