More than 5.5 million copies of the ultra realistic PlayStation 3 title Gran Turismo 5 have been sold in the game’s opening two weeks, Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed.
Having been plagued by delays and repeated postponements prior to launch, the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 finally hit stores on November 24th to a mixture of praise a disappointment.
Whilst the racing simulator does undeniably look very impressive, its graphical quality was not enough to distract from a number of issues that saw online gamers facing repeated delays and the continuing of regular Gran Turismo pitfalls, poor AI and unconvincing crash physics.
With 5.5 million sales reportedly already in the bag, Sony and Polyphony Digital will now target the sales figures of previous Gran Turismo incarnations that, as a franchise, now top 60 million units. Leading GT sales is Gran Turismo 3 A-spec which has shifted 14.6 million units to date ahead of Gran Turismo 4 and the original Gran Turismo release with 10.86 and 10.81 million unit sales respectively.
Whilst these opening fortnight sales will be an encouragement to Sony following the issues faced getting Gran Turismo 5 to stores, it leaves the flagship PS3 releases eclipsed by Call of Duty: Black Ops which recorded 5.6 million global sales on its opening day before going on to break numerous global and national sales records.