Racing games are nowhere near as popular as they once were, but Gran Turismo has managed to remain relevant over a 20 year period. Once the biggest brand in Sony’s stable – it’s probably been eclipsed by the likes of Uncharted, The Last of Us, and even Horizon in recent times – the series continues to be a steady seller, with the franchise racking up over 80.4 million units since its inaugural edition in 1998.
“It’s hard to imagine that 80.4 million copies of Gran Turismo have been played during the 20-year history of the franchise,” beamed creator Kazunori Yamauchi. “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.”
It’s difficult to extract a ballpark sales figure for Gran Turismo Sport from this data, but it’s safe to assume the PlayStation 4 racer’s doing well – even if it’s going to have its work cut out reaching the 10 million units milestone that most entries in the series have historically achieved. The post-release support for the title has been superb, though, to be fair – and it looks like the simulation racer’s still got a lot of gas left in its tank.