Why does Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, get special dispensation from Sony when he makes a game? Because each main Gran Turismo release has sold roughly 10 million copies - or more.
Sony has revealed that the Gran Turismo series has shipped over 50 million units on multiple PlayStation formats, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said that a PC instalment in the hit racing series is something he'd consider doing in the future.
Kazunori Yamauchi is a man living the boy racer dream - or rather, he would be, if boy racers even dared to have this kind of dream. As the creator of what is arguably the world's most authentic, most comprehensive simulation of race driving, he lives and breathes cars and motorsport.
Sony has revealed plans to pull Gran Turismo HD Concept from the Japanese Store, in preparation for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue next month.
Sony Europe has kept its lips sealed over the release date of Gran Turismo 5 in Europe, following news that the racing game is expected in Japan next July.
Gran Turismo HD Concept will be available to download from the PlayStation Store on 23rd March, Sony has announced, to coincide with the European launch of PlayStation 3.
Ah, Gran Turismo. All the other racing games were allowed to go out and play after school, strutting around in the latest Goodyears, spinning backwards through corners. Not GT. Not with Kazunori Yamauchi for a dad, sitting next to a roaring grandstand all evening glaring at it over his horn-rimmed driving helmet. "Do you really need traction control?" "Are you wearing the right tyres?" "You're not going out looking like that."
Score one for the "driving games are all the same" crowd: Sony's been caught using a Project Gotham Racing 3 graphic to promote Gran Turismo HD Concept, apparently unaware of its mistake.
Gran Turismo HD Concept has been released in the US and Japan over the Christmas break, offering "PS3 and automotive fans a glimpse into the future of Gran Turismo," according to series creator Kazunori Yamauchi.
Details of the Gran Turismo HD Concept demo have emerged from the latest issue of Famitsu.
Sony and Polyphony Digital have scrapped plans for a boxed version of Gran Turismo HD and now plan to release a free GT demo on the PlayStation Store for a limited time instead.
Sony has released 29 new screenshots of PlayStation 3's Gran Turismo HD in action ahead of the game's release next month.
Following last week's contentious Gran Turismo HD announcement, Sony America and series creator Kazunori Yamauchi have shed more light on Polyphony Digital and Sony's plans for the racer's first PlayStation 3 outing.
Gran Turismo HD will be available for PlayStation 3 after all, according to reports from the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, but it'll be more of a "Prologue" title than anything.
The latest PR missive from the Sony mothership in Tokyo comes this week in the form of a video interview with Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi, which is hosted on the firm's official PS3 "concept" website and explores the Polyphony Digital boss' great big love for the forthcoming console.
For Gran Turismo's many fans, the game's realisation on PlayStation 3 can't come quickly enough. The build up to the last two GT games (A-Spec and 4, mind - if we counted all the stopgaps we'd probably stall) has seen all manner of impressive visual chicanery in every sense, with demo reels that were always in-game but always overshot the finished article by a good few thousand pixels. The problem was resolution, as much as anything, and there's no question that Gran Turismo on PS3 will embrace its 1920x1080 progressive scan resolution as warmly as anything.