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Gran Turismo Remains a Powerhouse; Impressive Sales Results

Despite the fact that gamers were quite critical of its latest installment, the Gran Turismo series is still a powerhouse. Polyphony Digital has reported new sales figures.

Kazunori Yamauchi, founder and current president of Japanese studio Polyphony Digital, best known for the Gran Turismo series, introduced the company's history on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the aforementioned racing game series. This is not the first time he has done so in recent months, but this time his announcement included some current highlights. In turn, along with it, a video, recalling the various installments of Gran Turismo has been released.

We learned, for example, the series' sales by November 16, 2022. It was more than 90 million copies. This means that over the past four and a half years PlayStation gamers have purchased about 10 million copies of the various installments of the series - probably mainly the two most recent, namely Gran Turismo Sport from 2017, and this year's Gran Turismo 7.

For this excellent result Kazunori Yamauchi thanked both all the employees of Polyphony Digital and - above all - the fans, who can be counted in the millions. The developers, meanwhile, are a group of more than 200 people - although in February 2022, the Japanese developer mentioned that the team consists of about 300 employees.

Anyway, his first line is supposed to be the people who founded the studio. And all of them are supposedly guided by one goal - the pursuit of the beauty of motor racing and everything related to it. Well, one thing certainly cannot be denied - the cars in Gran Turismo 7 are simply beautiful.

Interestingly enough, Kazunori Yamauchi described the latest installments of the series as experimental. This is all the more puzzling because according to numerous industry critics and common players, they are very conservative and hardly revolutionary - especially the 7th game. Unless, of course, we consider as an experiment the shift of emphasis from single-player to multi-player, with a particular emphasis on esports - something many fans are not too favorably disposed to, especially in Gran Turismo 7 supposedly returning to the roots...

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.


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