Gran Turismo series ships 50m

That's a lot of driving in circles.

Sony has revealed that the Gran Turismo series has shipped over 50 million units on multiple PlayStation formats, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

The original title for the PlayStation was released just over 10 years ago, with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue making its debut on the PlayStation 3 at the end of March.

"Initially, Gran Turismo was an 'alternative' racing game, kind of an outsider in the genre," commented Kazunori Yamauchi, producer of Gran Turismo. "And we made it thinking that it would be okay as long as it reached out to the select few who would agree with us."

"I would really like to thank all the fans who have supported the Gran Turismo series over the years, for all their passion and love of the game. We'd like to continue making every effort to create cutting edge, high quality games, so that we don't disappoint anyone's expectations," he added.

GT5 Prologue received generally high scores, including one from us, and was released simultaneously at retail on Blu-ray and via PSN, albeit after some minor PSN hiccups.

Major releases in the long-running series were Gran Turismo (PSone, May 1998), Gran Turismo 2 (PSone, January 2000), Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2, July 2001) and Gran Turismo 4 (PS2, March 2005), and Polyphony Digital has also released several smaller spin-offs in "Concept" and "Prologue" categories, and the free downloadable Gran Turismo HD Concept on PSN, which was the first PS3 release to bear the GT name.

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