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Gran Turismo – To be the worst selling main title in the franchise

After the terrible numbers posted for GT6’s launch week in the UK, a mere 55,000, it’s clear the game is going to struggle to match the monster sales numbers of its predecessors. The number is as low as one fifth of the launch sales of GT5.

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Hellsvacancy877d ago

Blame Sony for releasing it so close to the PS4

allformats877d ago

Yeah. Bad move in so many ways. If it were a PS4 launch title - not only would it helped move systems, it would also bolster Sony's weak launch title.

sinncross877d ago

I dont get it, how can ppl think that this would have bolstered the PS4 sales?

The device is not only already breaking sales records but its pretty much out of stock... GT6 ws not going to magically sell like half a million more out of nowhere.

Omegasyde877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Why release it on the PS4 when SONY can't even meet demand WITHOUT the game.

80 million ps3

2 million PS4

Say 1 out of 2 owners buy the game....

50 million vs 1 million. Do the math.

In my honest opinion (and this opinion is VERY selfish) - I wish Sony would held off on releasing gt6 in 2013, and spent more resources towards polishing it for mid-late 2014 as a PS4 game. By that time, the hype for next gen would of one down significantly and Sony would have a bonafide system seller.

TheFallenAngel877d ago

@omega

Because it would had sold more on PS4. Knack probably sold more than GT6 and is a new and mediocre game.

Vojkan877d ago

Yoshida needs to go, guy suck when it comes to decision making.

Closing studios, canceling projects, supporting gimmicks instead. Releasing games on wrong console, etc. Idiot.

Boody-Bandit877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

It would've faired so much better if it was released 6 months ago. I picked it up, I'm a HUGE racing fanatic and I have yet to take it out of it's wrapper because I can't stop playing the PS4.

If PD would've released it May-July? I would've taken the game out of it's wrapper walking out of the store on the way to my car. I would've walked in my house, tossed my keys on the counter, go immediately to my game room and load the disc in the PS3 while powering up my rig (FFB combo), grabbed a beverage from the fridge and probably would've played the game until I went to bed that night.

But Sony doesn't rush their products. Like it or hate it's just how they do business. Ultimately Kazunori Yamauchi makes the definitive decision and here we are.

I'm sure once I start playing GT6 it will eat up considerable amounts of my time allotted for gaming. Now with all this talk I think I'm going to tear the wrapper off today and take GT6 out for a spin.

abzdine877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

i don't see it as a bad move, to me it just shows thay they keep supporting PS3 with high quality franchises.
80 million + PS3 are in the wild, not every player upgraaded to PS4 that day so let's say 5 million bought PS4 75 million potential buyers are still there.
I haven't bought it yet due to PS4, but that not the case of everyone.
Sales will rise, nothing alarming.

Eyeco877d ago

The problem with the game is that it was released in an awkward time, if it was going to be on the PS3 it should have released last year, if they were going to release it on the PS4 (which they should have) they should have released it exactly next year.

It's a catch 22 releasing the game late in 2013, PS3 is too old less people are gonna be inclined to buy, PS4 is too young very few people will but it this early in the life cycle.

Phoenix76877d ago

@omega
Why release it on the PS4 when SONY can't even meet demand WITHOUT the game.

80 million ps3

2 million PS4

Say 1 out of 2 owners buy the game....

50 million vs 1 million. Do the math.

Err..... I just have..... It's 40, not 50

The_KELRaTH877d ago

It's also turned out to be quite a bit more expensive than GT5. I paid £27.00 at launch but this time there were virtually no deals to be had - £39 or £59 for a few more cars version and then they want more through micro transactions - no more winning cars after tier race events and the various Special events, also the winnings are now tiny per race.

Frankfurt877d ago

PS4 launch title... with PS2 car models. That would be hilarious.

Maddens Raiders877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Oh noooooooooeeess GT6 is doooooomed lol. Some of you really don't get it. GT is a huge slow moving monolith of a community. This "game" will sell millions on millions in its lifetime to the true believers. GT6 is absolutely fantastic, but people also forget how great GT5 is /right now/. This is not just another IP that one can look at, at any moment as a snapshot in time and say definitively the game is ___________ or ________, because it continuously evolves just like the GTR does. Look how GT5 was received at launch and then after the plethora of continuous updates, turned out to be one of the most played GT's of all time.

Now that the seasonals are to end on GT5 (no more easy grind money), you will see the behemoth of a community slowly migrate over to 6. Please hold your hyperbolic statements for a couple of months and then come back to see the sales trend then...

http://www.gtplanet.net/gra...

Computersaysno877d ago

The format clearly needs a bit of a revamp as well let's face it. GT7 needs to be made for PS4 ground up, with everything shiny and next gen, and a bit of new perspective in the team to focus on what really matters in this genre.

Maddens Raiders877d ago

"Computersaysno + 36m ago
The format clearly needs a bit of a revamp as well let's face it. GT7 needs to be made for PS4 ground up, with everything shiny and next gen, and a bit of new perspective in the team to focus on what really matters in this genre."

Computersayno I agree with you that GT7 needs to be made from the ground up for the PS4 and it will mate. There have always been two GT's on every PS console. GT7 will be the first on the PS4.

People are forgetting how /awesome/ the PS3 really is. We (as a GT community) have never been spoiled like this before with the graphics and options that are present in current gen (PS3) on two iterations so close together (GT5 came out only three years ago). I have 93 friends on my friend's list who owned and played GT5 daily. When I turn on the PS3 it all says they are playing GT6. It may not have been as big of a first day sales figure as GT5 since people were clamoring for a new GT on the PS3 so badly (big wait from GT4) and now they are almost spoiled with two iterations on the PS3 within 3 years. GT6 will evolve (literally) and so will the sales. If am wrong by Spring '14 and after the whole holiday crush I will happily eat crow and these words and you can bookmark this for that.

DOMination-876d ago

So Forza has outsold GT6 on a console two weeks old against a console with a user base of 80 million.

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thaiboy877d ago

I'm totally with you on this one. Why would you buy a game for an older console if you fully intend on getting a new one.

Surly the devs considered this?

They really should have delayed the launch and made it a PS4 title.

Jack Bauer877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Bought a PS4... all i play is my PS3 still (and this includes games like GT6)... the quality of games on the PS4 just isn't there yet. Wish it would have been released on PS4 though.... the game really shows its age.

wolokowoh877d ago

Or they release GT6 on PS3, make money off that(a few million at least if not closer to GT5 first six months), and then port it to PS4 and use it as the foundation for GT7. Everyone who GT6 will buy GT7 so they get extra profit for little extra expense.

moparful99877d ago

There are 80 million PS3's and only 2.4 million PS4's. Sure they could have netted a million pr two from a PS4 launch but I think it will sell very strong as a PS3 title.. I went tonight to buy it and both walmarts here were sold out... Can't be selling that bad. Besides we've only heard UK's numbers how can we determine lifetime sales from the first 4 days in the UK? Just people looking for problems where there are none..

MarioAna877d ago

Gt5 launched with a smaller PS3 install base and sold 5 times as many units in the same market. A one year delay for GT6 for PS4 would see the install base at over 10 million and at the perfect time to push consoles for Sony.

Omegasyde877d ago

I agree- but eventually Sony is going to have to push it's core franchises to ps4 or have simultaneous releases like COD and assasins creed.

TheFallenAngel877d ago

Look at knack, it outsold Mario 3d with a bigger fan base. It most likely outsold GT6 too.

alexkoepp877d ago

The time of gran turismo is over, we are now on the Age of Forza

WeAreLegion877d ago

Forza 5 just got the lowest reviews in the history of the franchise.

neoMAXMLC877d ago

Awww how cute. You actually think Forza is going to outsell Gran Turismo. What an imagination you have.

InTheLab877d ago

Even with low sales it will still crush Forza 3 and 4 combined.

Stop with the nonsense.

bsquwhere877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

Then maybe you should go to a Forza thread and jerk it over there instead of trolling over here.

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BuLLDoG909877d ago

Yep, too close to PS4, if they had released it at the start or end of summer, it could of done alot better.

gazgriff2k12877d ago

they need to release it on PS4 and vita then the money will start rolling

SoapShoes877d ago

Same crap, different day. Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah! Gt5s launch, everyone claiming it had been too long and it wasn't relevant even citing that N/A numbers didn't break 1 million day 1 but it ended up selling over 10.5 million as of March. I doubt it'll do worse than gt2.

Tontus877d ago

That's not true at all.

GT5 released to a huge amount of hype, it sold 2.4 million copies in its first week, with heavy bundling it went on to sell over 10.6 million to date. Without the mass bundling it would've only hit 9 million lifetime, which is still crazy huge.

GT6 released to no hype, its first week will be around 800k, just 1/3 what GT5 did. Even with heavy bundling it will only sell about 7 million lifetime. That's about 5 million not including bundles.

Relatively, GT6 is a huge flop and it deserves to be looking at the negative response to the game from fans and critics.

The_KELRaTH877d ago

It's a busy period and not everyone is bothered about getting it on DAY ONE. No point pre -ordering as there were no deals around I expect it will be in a lot of stockings :)

SoapShoes877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

GT5 sold 5.5 million on day 1 and over 6 million its first week so this 2.4 in its first week is nonsense and they didn't even officially bundle GT5 with the ps3 in N/A until much later. It sold well but you clearly have forgotten what happened 3 years ago. People WERE claiming it wouldn't match historical figures when NPD revealed what the numbers were for November which was 700k+ and that wasn't enough for naysayers it had to do COD numbers right off the bat or it'd be a flop but it kept selling and is now nearly 3M in N/A alone. However later that week Polyphony made the announcement it sold 5.5 million and it shut people up but there were a few stragglers that claimed sells would tank after the first week and it couldn't pull 10m. These figures for UK are having responses similar to GT5 but these #s don't paint the whole picture. We now have digital sells which aren't counted in this and only 3 days of data. I'll wait for polyphony to update their numbers.

Strikepackage Bravo877d ago

Problem with GT6 is that it made all the same mistakes as GT5. The press is getting tired of covering for Poly while they get their act together. Reviews especially in Europe were a bit more honest about the poor quality of the game this time around, I saw a lot of sites actually complaining about things that were also in GT5, that they looked the other way at, but now they are crying foul as if these are new issues.

admiralvic877d ago

I think the biggest problem isn't the PS4, but the marketing or lack there of. Sony pretty much announced GT 6 randomly and then it released. There weren't any hype, I saw no ads, so naturally it was going to sell poorly.

worldwidegaming877d ago

Lmao. So its not the fact that the game is not so popular to begin with?
Lets face it, the series has met its end. The numbers prove it no matter what we wanna believe.
Sad but true.

Kaneda877d ago

I didn't even know it was out til yesterday. Just a lot of news about PS4 and Xbox one lately.

shadowsatey876d ago

...And for not releasing it on the PS4.

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jerethdagryphon877d ago

55k since friday..... give it time it will sell

MarioAna877d ago

It will sell, but for a GT game it has to beat 9.5 million to avoid being the lowest seller. Not sure it will sell nearly that many.

Godmars290877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

So if it only sells 9.4 million it'll be considered a failure?

Edit:
Face it: the only thing worse that if the game performed under Sony's sales expectations was if it Forza 5 sold more. At which point the internet would explode with articles about Forza being the leading franchise.

jerethdagryphon877d ago

i think it will not quickly but over the next year
people who love gt will buy it and its far far better then 5 im guesing ww sales lauinch week will be 500k+

NexGen877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

I wanted it, but not getting it for ps3, sorry. The last game I bought for it was TLoU. I'm no longer interested in the ps3.

A ps4 port would entice me.

NatureOfLogic877d ago

Everyone asked a for PS4 release but they ignored it. I really think GT6 will be the lowest selling title in the series. A PS4 port couldn't hurt.

MidnytRain877d ago (Edited 877d ago )

It's all about the money. Larger audience = more money. Look at BF4 on last gen consoles. Pathetic, but it exists cuz o' dat money.

pyramidshead877d ago

No doubt buried by next gen hype, etc. Hopefully they make their money back on GT7 or a possible, and no doubt easier, PS4 port of GT6.